Slab cutting allows you to install wiring and plumbing in a basement, create decorative patterns that simulate the look of wood or tile, and so much more. Unfortunately, any kind of grinding or cutting of concrete creates hazardous silica dust, and doing the work inside a building makes the dust an even bigger work site problem. Use these four tips to keep dust under control for the safety of everyone involved.
Start by changing the type of saw or angle grinder you're using to cut slabs of concrete. Wet cutting saws spray water on the blade and work surface constantly as you cut, and they're designed to prevent shock hazards by keeping moisture away from the interior of the saw. You can't simply add water to any kind of cutting situation and expect the process to go well.
Custom Dust Hoods
If you prefer to work with a dry environment to prevent water damage in delicate interiors, make sure you're using a dust collection hood that is customized to fit your particular cutting or grinding tool. A generic hood may collect properly to your dust vacuum system, but it allows more dust than necessary to escape into the air. A properly fitted custom hood gives you as close to 100% dust collection as possible so you don't have to wear an uncomfortable respirator while working.
Slip into a dust suit or other piece of baggy clothing that cinches tightly around your neck, ankles, and wrists. Wearing something you can slip out of immediately after the concrete cutting minimizes dust stirring and speeds up clean up. There's less of a struggle to wash the sticky, quick hardening silica dust out of your everyday work clothes as well. Disposable suits work best because there's no need to deal with the difficulties of cleaning.
Even when you're wearing a protective outer suit or outfit, make sure you use the right process when ending your work day after plenty of dust exposure. Don't start slapping or shaking at your clothing to dislodge dust that has settled on the fabric. Use a vacuum with a dust containment filter to remove any excess dust off of yourself, then carefully remove and fold the fabric until it can be washed. Shaking or beating the fabric will cause the dust to swirl up and spread rapidly, making a lot of extra work for cleaning up the work area when you're done.
To learn more about the process, contact companies like Concrete Coring Company.Share
11 January 2017
I own a small office building, and recently, I was looking for ways to improve the building's exterior. I felt that the whole office was very plain and lacked curb appeal. I want clients and business contacts to be impressed by the building and the grounds before they even step through the door. I knew that one thing I definitely needed to do was replace the crumbling walkway. I called a concrete contractor about fixing the walkway, and was impressed when he told me that I could actually make it look like a brick pathway, using stamped concrete. I decided to go for it, and it made a big difference in the appearance of the outside of the office. I think that more people should be aware of how they can use stamped concrete to improve their business's curb appeal.