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What No One Tells You About Construction and Contractors

Welcome to my blog. My name is Belinda, and I recently built a house from the ground-up with my husband. Through building, we worked with a range of construction crews, contractors and specialists. I learned a lot along the way, but the experience would have been easier if I had known about some things up front. In this blog, I am going to help others who are starting the process of constructing a new home. In this blog, I plan to share all the things no one ever tells you about construction and contractors. I'm writing this from my custom home, and I couldn't be happier. Trust me, the whole process is worth it. Thanks for reading and happy building!

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What to Discuss With a Concrete Cutter When Arranging Their Services

There may be some concrete cutting jobs around your home that you might try to handle on your own; the bits needed to drill a hole in your home's brick exterior to hang a planter are very cheap and easy to use. However, some concrete cutting jobs are best left to a professional, as the concrete may be very deep or you might need to rely on their expertise to get through a certain angle and to a certain depth. When arranging their services, note a few things to discuss with them so they come prepared and you know the job will be done right. 

1. Discuss if there are other materials to be cut

If your basement floor has wood planks put over the concrete, the person arriving to cut through the concrete may need different blades and bits to first cut through the wood. If the basement walls are finished with drywall sections placed over the concrete walls, this drywall may also require different bits and blades. Whenever there are other materials to be cut, either on top of or under the concrete to be cut, be sure you mention this to the concrete cutter so he or she arrives with all the tools and equipment they will need to get the job done right.

2. Note if you want the cut to be grooved or just ground

If you're looking to add traction to a concrete floor and are thinking of having it cut so you can remove it and replace the floor with something else, ask the cutting service if they can add grooves or grind the surface instead. They may be able to create a rougher, more textured surface so you don't need the flooring removed altogether.

3. Ask about water and dust

Most concrete cutters will use water when cutting so that they eliminate the dust that is usually created when concrete is cut. If the cut will be in a basement or other area with poor drainage options, ask about dry cutting. This may be possible, but dry cutting creates a lot of dust that a contractor will want to capture and control. They may need to bring extra dust bags that attach to their tools, special breathing apparatus, and the like. Ask what you can do to prepare for any dust that gets created even if they do use water, so you know what to expect during the cutting process and can protect your home and even yourself from breathing in that dust. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Robert Guy & Sons Pty Ltd.