An Overview of Core Drilling

When it comes to construction in El Paso, there are many different forms of drilling. Depending on the work you’re doing and your goals, you may use one or more of these drilling techniques. For instance, if you need to drill neat, cylindrical holes into any type of surface, core drilling might be the right method. If you want to know more about core drilling and whether or not it’s right for you, you’ve come to the right place.  

If you need drilling services in El Paso, El Paso Drilling can help. Contact us online or call (915) 479-7060 to learn more.

What is Core Drilling? 

Core drilling is a particular form of drilling where you use a hollow, cylindrical drill bit and a powerful drilling tool. Core drilling aims to drill perfectly round holes where the core, or center, gets removed by the bit. Here’s how it works. 

  1. Core drilling requires a round bit with a hollow center where the outer edges of the bit are covered with sharp teeth. 
  2. In most cases, these teeth are either diamond or carbide coated depending on the type of surface you’re drilling into. 
  3. Because the center of the bit is hollow, it will spin up to the full depth of the bit. 
  4. When you stop drilling and remove the bit, it will remove the core or center. 
  5. Core drilling bits come in many different sizes so that you can drill holes of any size. 

Contact us for a hands-on demonstration and to learn more about the effectiveness of core drilling. 

When is Core Drilling Used in El Paso? 

Because of how precise core drilling is, it’s a great option for many different industries, including the following:

  • HVAC technicians and plumbers use core drilling to make holes for pipes and vents. 
  • Phone and internet lines 
  • Holes for sprinkler systems and utility pipes 
  • Gas and oil pipelines 
  • Underground utilities 
  • Tunnels and manholes 
  • Parking garages and utility holes 

Core drilling is primarily used in the construction and science industries. Scientists and researchers will use core drilling to remove samples inside of surfaces if they want to leave the sample undamaged. Core drilling is a valuable tool whether you’re an HVAC technician, plumber, or manual laborer. 

Core drilling is especially handy on larger projects, including underground infrastructure and utilities. The drill bits used on commercial core drills are large enough for pier drilling, tunnels, pipelines, micro piles, and many other practices. Core drilling bits are also powerful enough to drill through concrete, rock, or anything else that stands in your way. 

Different Types of Core Drilling 

In general, there are two different types of core drilling that you might use depending on your needs. 

  • Wet Drilling 

Wet core drilling is where water or another lubricant is added to the tip of the core drill to make for faster and more powerful drilling. It’s great for going through harder surfaces such as rock, concrete, and brick. 

  • Dry Drilling

Dry core drilling works the same way and uses the same tools as wet drills but without water or lubricant. Dry core drilling is ideal for softer surfaces such as dirt, wood, drywall, and other non-rocky surfaces. 

Advantages of Core Drilling Versus Other Forms of Drilling

  • Less mess and noise. 
  • Wet drilling allows for less dust, smoke, and debris. 
  • The best way to preserve the core of whatever you’re drilling into. 
  • Perfect for taking samples. 
  • Very safe and affordable 

Who to Contact for All Your El Paso Core Drilling Needs

Whether you need core drilling on a large or small scale, you might be better off contacting us at El Paso Drilling than doing the work yourself. Core drilling is a meticulous process, and it’s best left to professionals who do it for a living. Contact us online or call (915) 479-7060 for a complete list of our core drilling services and to schedule a consultation!