Cutting Bricks with a Diamond Saw
Bricks can be cut with a hammer and chisel, but a diamond saw will get the task done a lot quicker and much more accurately. While diamonds are a girl’s best friend, they are much more than a pretty jewel. They are an extremely hard substance, making them a man’s best friend when carrying out DIY tasks.
Step 1 - Choosing the Right Blade Type
There are three types of diamond saw: masonry diamond blades, brick diamond blades and green concrete diamond blade. Both the masonry diamond blades and brick diamond blades can cut through brick. For DIY jobs, brick diamond blades are best suited, as the masonry diamond blade is used for heavy duty jobs.
Step 2 - Choosing the Right Blade Size
Diamond saw blades come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, choosing the wrong size or thickness for your blade will not get the job done as effectively. Asking an expert before purchasing a blade will save you a fortune in replacing blades that will inevitably be destroyed.
Step 3 - Setting up the Saw
Install the diamond blade onto the circular saw, ensuring that the depth of the blade is 1/4 of an inch shorter than the width of the brick.
Step 4 - Marking the Brick
Before you start cutting, measure the brick, to ensure that you know where you want to cut. Once you have measured, mark on the cutting line with colored chalk, ensuring you can easily see where you need to cut while the cutting is in progress.
Step 5 - Staying Safe
Wear a dust mask and safety glasses before you start cutting. Also, be sure that the piece of brick you are cutting off is free to drop and move away from the diamond blade.
Step 6 - Cutting
Hold the brick steadily in place, without getting your fingers too close to the diamond saw blade. As you cut, push the saw away from you, this will prevent you cutting more than just a finger in the event of an accident.
Step 7 - Finishing
Once the cut has been made, tap the brick and it will break along the crack. The cut acts as a perforation, cutting the brick all the way through may damage the surface underneath.
To summerize, when you need to cut brick, use a circular saw with a diamond blade, because diamond is harder than rock. Before cutting, ensure that all safety precautions have been taken, in order to prevent accidents. If you find that your blade does not cut effectively, it might be because you are using the wrong size blade, you are forcing the blade, or you are heating up the blade by using it for too long. To get optimal the performance out of your blade, do not make it go at your speed, you go with the speed of the blade. Ensure that the diamond saw blade doesn’t overheat, by giving the blade a break (and yourself a break) in order to cool down.