One of the most arduous tasks you could be faced with during DIY home renovations is concrete cutting. However, with the right tools and practice, working on concrete surfaces does not have to be so tedious. Handheld concrete grinding machines make is easy for you to polish and smooth bumps on the edges and surfaces of different hard materials ranging from countertops, patios, and flooring to driveways and more. Here are some handy tips when embarking on concrete grinding as a newbie.
Familiarise yourself with the grinder beforehand
Concrete grinders are not all built the same. You would have to know the specific features your model offers you so as to make the most of your equipment. Keep in mind where the power switches are located so that you can easily turn off the grinder when you need to. Additionally, establish whether your grinder is suitable to be used on dry concrete or wet concrete, or if it can alternate between the two. The more you know about your grinder, the less inexperienced you will feel while handling it.
Prep the appliance
When using a concrete grinder, it is not simply about plugging it in and starting the concrete cutting process. The first thing you should do when prepping the machine is pressing down on its handle while it is switched off. This works toward releasing any pressure present at the grinding disc. After releasing the pressure, there will be a weight shift that will enable the machine to reach optimal speeds while you start your project rather than having to adjust the grinder as you work.
Set the wheel settings
Concrete grinding machines will typically have two main wheel settings. The first is to facilitate the concrete cutting and the second is to facilitate transportation of the machine. Ensure that the wheels are in the correct position to avoid the risk of damaging your equipment. After you have turned on the concrete grinder, wait for it to reach the appropriate speed before you can settle it on the surface that you want to work on.
Use the right grinding motion
When you begin the concrete grinding process, ensure you are using the right motion. For wet concrete grinders, the moisture will create a fine mist while the grinder is in use, thus decreasing the amount of dust that you will have to clean up after you are done with the concrete cutting process. When you begin grinding, use this equipment by moving it from side to side. This ensures that your surface will not develop swirl marks, which typically happen when you move the grinder in a circular motion.
If you're still unsure about how to do the work, it may be best to contact an experienced concrete drilling and cutting company.