Cutting Concrete

Cutting a hole in the basement rebar concrete foundation walls of your house!

I hired someone (cost me $342) to do this - they bring out one BIG & HEAVY MONSTER concrete saw. There's a generator in the truck putting out a lotta amps to run it ... and the noise it makes is incredibly loud. The guy doing the work told me they do commercial concrete cutting which can be a lot thicker, but I was still pretty impressed with how well they cut a hole in my basement concrete foundation walls, which had metal rods/rebar, so there was some good spark action when it hit that. Once the cut were made, we pounded the crap out of it with a sledge - this was fun at first ... but then it was serious hard work. I hope I can "bury" these pieces ... but even after smashing 'em up some more so they were semi-manageable sizes, they were still very heavy; concrete is not too light! ;-)

The south facing basement wall ready to be cut

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The south facing basement wall with a 54" wide hole cut in it! Lotta sledge pounding to knock it out and get those pieces. The saw was water-cooled and sprayed mud everywhere, but I had tarped us in well. And the best part is the house didn't come tumbling down!

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The east facing basement wall showing existing hole that I dropped about a foot to be even with the south one. We ran into a lotta rebar on the original cut line, so we dropped it an inch.

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Sparks fly when you are concrete cutting

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This saw was really heavy ... and he's free-handing it!

But the cut was pretty darn straight

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Up the left side - that's gotta be heavy going up

Sparks fly as the saw hits rebar

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And now the right side

Don't cut those wires!

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I would not recommend cutting concrete unless you are trained professional! ;-)

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