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Old 11-15-2007, 05:08 PM   #1
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?? for construction/flooring people

I'm installing new flooring at my place and so far, all is well. Floor is down, wall trim is 95% in place and now I'm installing the transition pieces.

I bought concrete screws and they came with a concrete drill bit. I'm having a of a time getting through the surface of the concrete. Once through, the bit goes ok.

What is the MAC DADDY drill bit for this sort of thing?

One thing. I'm drilling next to tile floor. Could there be something from the tile installation that is causing my problem?

I really wanted to finish tonight but since I have school in two hours, I do not see that happening.

If anyone is curious, I'm installing a bamboo flooring from IKEA. So far, it looks awesome!
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:12 PM   #2
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you might try 'tapping' a small 'notch' in the concrete, similar like like marking metal before drilling a spot.

Problem with proprely prepared concrete... is, the older it gets...the harder it gets.
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it's about 4 years old?

I've drilled much older concrete without an issue. I'll try the "tap" method. Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:17 PM   #4
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OK, i thought it was a fluke the first time but about 1/4 inch down I hit another bit of resistance.

I think I just need to go buy a better bit. I know in the long run it'll save me a lot of effort. I'll check back here before I go for any more tips.

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are you using a masonary bit? a hammer drill with a masonary bit would cut into it like butter.
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if you are using a masonary bit with a regular drill make sure you drill slow because you will heat the bit too hot and dull it.
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Good choice on the bamboo. My husband installed it my kitchen and living room. We got a great deal at lumber liquidators.
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yeah you need a hammer drill, if you are using one then the bit that came with the screws is the crappy one of the crappy ones they usually provide.

hammer drill will go right through it.
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at the risk of sounding stupid, what makes a normal drill different from a hammer drill. I have a dewalt 18 volt cordless. I think it may be a hamer drill.
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at the risk of sounding stupid, what makes a normal drill different from a hammer drill. I have a dewalt 18 volt cordless. I think it may be a hamer drill.
a hammer drill makes a percussive impact as it turns...kinda loud when in use. sounds like the old timey rachet noise makers
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with a hammer drill you are chipping away at the concrete vs. drilling it.

unless you know what a hammer drill sounds like you would think the drill was broken, it makes a terrible sound.

click link and type 'hammer drill" in the search bar, pass mouse over #1

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ok, one of my drills has a hammer setting. of course i'm pretty sure i jacked up my drill bit using it on the high speed drill setting. I'll run out tomorrow and get a good bit or three.

Thanks for all your help!

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yeah put the drill on the hammer setting, and slow speed. A good bit will last quite a while.
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ok, one of my drills has a hammer setting. of course i'm pretty sure i jacked up my drill bit using it on the high speed drill setting. I'll run out tomorrow and get a good bit or three.

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With the hammer drill, make sure you drill at a speed so that the concrete looks like sand as it gets chipped away. Not too slow, not too fast, but at a consistent moderate speed with moderate enough pressure on the drill to let the hammer action do its job. Let the chisel tip of the masonry bit do its job, as well, without forcing it.
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whats wrong with sitting on the drill?
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good thread. i'll be doing the same exact thing next weekend.
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I glued the transition tracks down to the concrete. I can't remember what the stuff was called that I used but I got it at Home Depot. I asked what I could use to glue to concrete and they recommended it. It's held for almost 5years now. And good choice on the Bamboo. I love the way verticle Bamboo looks.
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Yeah make sure you are running the hammer setting it is kind of opposite of what you think, like everyone said it is chipping away also so a lot of speed on a normal drill is not what you want.

I have in the past also used Liquid nail. It does work wonders.
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