Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


02:23AM | 04/01/03
Member Since: 03/30/03
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Hi all...recently purchased a townhouse/condo and want to utilize the garage differently. In order to accomplish my mission - I need to make an entry through a single layer cinderblock wall. Any ideas on the best way to blow through that cinderblock to make a doorway - without damaging the blocking I need to keep?

Tanks in advance for all input!


09:43AM | 04/05/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
First thing I would suggest is a building permit and some research. That block wall may well be a firewall and require a one or two hour rated door. The installation of that door will be special too in order to maintain the rating.

Cutting the wall will be dusty unless you use a water wheel but that is messy for interior work.

The least expensive is a simple cold chisle and two poumd hammer


03:15AM | 04/06/03
Member Since: 03/30/03
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for you reply Piffin....The wall is not structural, nor is it a firewall.... and I was a bit hesitant on the permit considering it's a garage and I'd be framing out and soundproofing the interior for a music studio.

Any tips regarding the cold chisel approach?

Thanks very much!

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