Even relatively small bathroom renovations can end up needing a lot of planning and hard labour. Like the kitchen, this is a space that requires absolute precision. If measurements are off by even a few inches, you might find that your new bathtub, shower stall or sink just don't fit. However you can opt for concrete cutting to help avoid these disasters! This guide to concrete cutting for bathroom renovation projects will help you get to grips with the basics.
The diversity of bathroom features and accessories available for purchase continues to increase every year. This stylish Vale Rainfall Shower Head is just one example of the way in which products are becoming more ergonomic and responsive. Yet in order to ensure products like these will fit seamlessly into your bathroom you should consider whether or not you'll need concrete cutting and shaping first.
Use High Quality Tools
First things first, if you’re going to be working with concrete you need to have access to the proper tools. For concrete more than four inches thick, the work will require equipment powerful enough to cut without causing damage to surrounding components. You could use an electric breaker, a hammer drill, or a pneumatic jack hammer.
Start Slowly and Carefully
This highly practical Artemis Shower Grate is an ideal choice for wet-rooms and walk in showers, as it stops moisture from collecting in unwanted locations. However, it may require some precision concrete cutting before it can be installed into a standard floor.
The best way to start is with a slow and measured ‘sketch’ cut. In other words, don’t rush in and make full cuts until you’ve created a superficial surface outline first. That way, you can use it as a guide and there is less risk of cutting in error.
Keep Edges Smooth and Neat
Obviously, you want any component that you cut to have a smooth edge. Jagged, uneven cuts make it hard to fit fixtures and they look rather unattractive too. To ensure smooth cuts are made you can take the head of your concrete cutting tool and tap the material, along the guide or sketch cut that you’re already made.
If you find this tricky, angle the head of the tool away from the piece of material that isn’t being cut out or away. This technique is an effective way to make sure that the edges don’t crack or become sharp and jagged.
Wear Protective Clothing
For a bathroom that is always toasty, invest in this Hotwire DIY Underfloor Heating Kit. It is relatively simple to install, so you should be able to fit it without professional help. You may need to cut through the concrete in the floor to access the right space though, so think carefully about this before you go ahead with the plans.
Concrete cutting can be dangerous, even for skilled technicians; you are strongly advised to wear goggles, safety gloves, and steel toe capped shoes while operating one of these heavy duty tools.
Author bio: This article is written and submitted by Matthew Funnell, who works with Supercut Concrete Cutting, a privately owned concrete cutting and core drilling company serving Western Australia for 20 years.