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7 Dos and Don’ts When Cutting Concrete

Concrete cutting is a common process in construction projects and often at home. Among other reasons why one may need this service include:

  • Interior and exterior home repair
  • Ground levelling
  • Replacement of a concrete section
  • Creation of sidewalks and handicap accessibility
  • Plumbing works or drainage installation

Concrete cutting poses a lot of hazards to both the worker and those who are around and therefore, it is necessary to take precautions and handle the tools with care. Below are safety measures that you need to consider during the process:

1. Use of Protective Gear:

Concrete cutting is a construction job that calls for you to ensure you have the necessary personal protective equipment before embarking on the job. It is a noisy job and may have pieces of concrete flying around you as well as dust. Therefore, you need to be ready with the following protective gear:

  • Rubber boots
  • A ventilator for face mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Protective eyeglasses
  • Overall apron

Adhering to this safety will protect you from experiencing health-related problems as a result of the job.

2. Exercise Patience

Concrete cutting requires a lot of care to ensure you do not damage the surface you are cutting. It can take you hours to do the job with great precision. Overworking your saw by cutting too fast may cause it to overheat or even cause further damage the blades.

3. Sufficient Water Flow

If you are operating a wet saw, you will need to have a constant supply of water to enable your equipment to work effectively. Proper water flow ensures that dust from the job is kept to a minimum. It is also important to be sure that you are using the correct blade for your wet saw. 

4. Right Blade for the Right Job:

There are both wet saw machines and dry saw machines. Ensure you do not use a wet saw blade in a dry saw machine and vice versa.

5. Never use an impaired blade:

Before embarking on a concrete cutting job, inspect your saw to ensure that it is in proper condition to work. Do not use a broken blade for example because not only is it a hazard but it will make your work even harder to achieve. A fresh blade is always sharper and more effective.

6. Ensure Proper ventilation:

Concrete cutting is bound to produce a considerable amount of dust. Some saws also use gasoline or diesel to run and these call for you to work in a properly ventilated area. If it is not possible to use the machines in an open area, ensure you have a mask on and use a fan to purify the air while you work. Opening windows also help to ensure that air flows in and out in a steady manner.

7. Use a safe lifting method:

Due to their heavy weight, concrete machines need to be lifted and lowered in a way that doesn’t cause harm to either your legs or back. A back harness would be an essential investment for you to ensure your body’s safety while working.

For any concrete cutting job, it is always good to work with a professional to minimize on the risks related to the job. At Vic Sawing & Drilling we are licensed commercial concrete cutting operators that specialize in concrete cutting, sawing and drilling for both commercial and domestic projects. Reach out to us today for a quote.

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