Ask Mike: What is the best way to cut through a concrete wall?
July 23, 2009
My wife Susanne and I are so happy with the way our guest bedroom window area turned out, we decided to put in French doors in place of the window and build a small patio out side our guest room. Our first hurdle is that the bedroom wall is solid concrete. I saw a laser on an old Star Trek movie, is something like that available to cut through the concrete wall?
Unfortunately, if that technology is available, star fleet is not sharing it with us. We do have a very unique concrete cutting chain saw, plus several other options; to help you cut a doorway, in a concrete wall. First a little planning, this will probably require a building permit, so give Bridgid a call at the building department at (970) 725-3255. The building dept. can tell you if this needs to be engineered. You will need to determine if there are any plumbing or electrical lines in the wall below the window. If so, relocation is best left to the professionals and needs to be done before cutting any concrete. Make sure you pick out the door first and get the exact rough opening size. Did you know there are three places you can buy a nice door up here? There’s no need to leave the county to get this job done.
Concrete cutting is a messy job and you will have to seal the work area off from the rest of the house. Like any internal combustion motor, the saw produces carbon monoxide, so you must cut from outside or use an air fed hood and proper ventilation, if inside. Bring in a picture and your ideas and we can go over all the little details or recommend a contractor if this is overwhelming. We’ll talk about the patio next time.
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