Cutting Concrete for Kitchen Island


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Old 05-29-07, 08:59 PM
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I am adding an island to my kitchen and need to cut the concrete slab. I need electricity for island outlets, plumbing for a prep sink, and a gas line for the cooktop. Is this a DIY project or am I in over my head? If I do choose to DIY what tools should I use to cut the slab? I will use electricity from an existing kitchen wall outlet and the gas line and kitchen water and drain lines are just five feet away from the island site. Please help.
 
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Old 05-29-07, 09:09 PM
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Post tensioned or reinforced slab and beam?
 
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Old 06-02-07, 10:54 PM
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kicthen island help

This is a foundation slab and I want to add an island in the kitchen. I have about four hundred square feet to play with for the island. I just want to know if I can do it myself as an intermediate and if so what tools do I need to cut the concrete for electrical, gas and water. The foundation has rebarb about 1 1/2 below surface.
 
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You need 2 trenches (water/gas and electrical). You will have to check code to see what is allowed for the water, gas, and electrical and size and space the trenches accordingly. Use a 14" quickie saw to cut the trench edges, then make crosscuts every 12 inches. Use a prybar to break out the chunks, lay the tube/pipe/wire and cover with a repair concrete mix (pressure test BEFORE you cover).

My recommendation, however is that this is not a DIY project. Maybe the cutting and covering (That saw ranks up there with chainsaws as a tool with no lattitude for misuse) but everything else should be done by a person licensed in their field.
 
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Old 06-09-07, 12:57 PM
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Thanks for your help

Thank you for your help. This will help me get started. I will check with the city on Monday and check the code.
 
 

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