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Digging a hole in a parking lot

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by JTBoh, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. JTBoh

    JTBoh I sell signage and signage accessories.

    Jun 15, 2011
    Clermont, FL
    Customer has a slab parking lot, and new pole sign is going in.

    We need a 36" x 36" hole cut through the slab, which customer will handle (supposedly).

    How best to dig the following hole?

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  2. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

    Jan 2, 2010
    Mitten State
    Diamond saw the 36" square perimeter, grab a shovel and go for it. It's a bit precarious to dig it with a bucket, unless you know what you're doing.

  3. mfatty500

    mfatty500 Active Member

    May 10, 2010
    Sugar Grove, Ill
    Why not saw cut the concrete 4'x4' remove concrete, use a 3ft. auger, plum up your post fill with concrete.
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  4. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

    Sep 28, 2017
    Call an auger company, ask them to drill a 36" hole, see if they have a core cutting bit for it, think giant hole saw. We rented a concrete saw for a project like this once, between the rental of the saw, man power, and the cost of the diamond edged blade for the saw (yeah, they wouldn't rent one of those), I could have had it drilled and not sweat a drop.
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  5. GeorgiaLemon

    GeorgiaLemon New Member

    Apr 14, 2018
    Evan's, GA
    It may seem crazy, but I am very familiar with the rental industry and know that the following pieces of equipment should be available most anywhere. For vertical digging, especially if you're not a super operator, skip the excavator and rent a towable hydrovac (vermeer vx30-500) It's basically a pressure washer and dirt vacuum in one. You can get 1-2 cyds in the smaller units that most national rental companies have. To cut the 36" x 36" definitely a diamond saw. If it's more than 6" thick, you can't use a 14" handheld demo saw. The saw can cut 3/4" less than the radius of the saw blade. So 14" is good for 6.25", the most common walk behind units are 18" and 20-24" cross over into self-propelled models. Make sure that whichever route you go, get a bug spray/pressurized sprayer. There has been some new laws that are making counties/municipalities really crack down on silica and airborne dust. Use the water sprayer (or a water hose) to keep the cut wet (better finished product) and keep the dust down.

    Normally the whole silica thing isn't a big deal, but if you're luck is anything like mine, you would be cutting for the one time a year that you'd need to be, and you get hammered by the environmental police for making dust and airborne harmful contaminants. Hydrovac should be between $600 a day-$1300 a week, not more. If that breaks the budget, diamond saw and post hole diggers.

    Hope that helps!


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