The basics of using diamond tools
If you suggest to many people that they should consider using diamond tools for their DIY projects, they’ll think you’re being extravagant. However, diamond tools, whether its diamond drills or diamond saws, are an essential component in any DIY toolkit. That’s because diamonds are the hardest material found in nature. This hardness property confers to them the ability to slice through any material you can think of because you’ll never find any material harder than diamond.
Quite simply, diamond tools are the ultimate tools and are widely available. At several hundred pounds for a diamond drill, for example, it may seem expensive. However, these tools are for special jobs where nothing else will do, and therefore should last a lifetime. This article will try and help you get the best out of your diamond drills and is designed for people seeking techniques for diamond cutting in Kent.
Better drilling techniques
Make sure you use plenty of coolant. You’ll know you aren’t using enough coolant if you see a white powder forming. If this happens, stop drilling immediately and clean the area. Then add coolant – never drill without coolant. Also remember to drill at 90 degrees to the material. Bring the drill bit down slowly to the material being drilled and keep it perpendicular throughout the process.
Make sure to use expendable boards underneath the material you are drilling to make sure that your work surface doesn’t get damaged. Don’t put too much pressure on a drill either, unlike twist drills, diamond drills only need light pressure to work. Otherwise you’ll wear out the diamond drill, and that’s true if you’re diamond cutting in Kent or anywhere else in the UK.
Also, while drilling, remember to use pilot holes to keep the drill steady during operation. This is easy to do. Simply take a piece of plastic, about an eighth of an inch thick and drill a hole in it. Next make a mark on the material you want to drill. Then take the pilot hole and line it up with the mark you made on the material. Finally, drill through the pilot hole into the material. Make sure while you’re drilling to move the drill in and out. This will allow it to remove debris as it works and also allow the coolant to work.
Using core drills
You can get diamond drills which are as small as a ½” diameter or less. With these drills you should start drilling at a 45 degree angle. Once you’ve penetrated with the drill and are drilling away, then slowly bring the drill up until its perpendicular to the material being drilled. As always, make sure to intermittently remove the core drill from the hole to flush out the debris.
CA Drillers are expert contractors providing diamond cutting in Kent, or anywhere else in the UK. They’ve been in business since 1981 and services come highly recommended.