Mounting shades into exrerior Lanai header beams, New home Fenney

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Old 04-30-2019, 01:37 PM
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Yep it was tough and required a lot of pressure in an awkward position on a ladder. I made eight holes and it took quite a while. I must say I never went through that many bits.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:59 PM
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If you are using a hammer drill that makes a lot of noise and goes nowhere, rent a real percussion hammer drill. The bit will go through the metal and concrete with ease.
Thanks, I have a Ryobi hammer drill driver and seems to work perfectly with masonry. If need be I will take your advice however I have found the idea of using self-tapping screws to drill through the metal works very well. I used a #8 and #10 and pierced the metal in no time. Threw the screws away and used new ones on the next hole. No more dulling bits.
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It seems the header support beams in the lanai of newer concrete homes is concrete surrounded by some sort of mesh metal. I've had terrible success drilling through the mesh metal. Once I break through the metal the concrete is no problem. I've been given all kinds of advice ranging from hammer drilling, going fast, going really slow and of course all the different metal choices (cobalt, titanium etc). I'm sure somebody who does this for a living doesn't use 6 bits to get through this mesh. Can anybody give any solid advice? Need a 1/4' hole.
Mhonard, send me a PM with your phone number and i will give you a call, i have done a few dozen holes just like what you want to do, and I will be glad to discuss what works. NOTE: if your house is like mine (2013 Gardenia) there is a steel (actually stainless steel I think) channel with rebar that is filled with concrete, and then stucco is applied over that. The problem is with the stainless steel.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:00 AM
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Mhonard, send me a PM with your phone number and i will give you a call, i have done a few dozen holes just like what you want to do, and I will be glad to discuss what works. NOTE: if your house is like mine (2013 Gardenia) there is a steel (actually stainless steel I think) channel with rebar that is filled with concrete, and then stucco is applied over that. The problem is with the stainless steel.
Thanks but got the job done fast using self-tapping screws to get through the metal mesh.
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