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Core Drilling

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by EveningIllumination, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. EveningIllumination

    EveningIllumination LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Hello All,

    I am looking for information on core drilling concrete pavers. My lighting job at a pet spa has an outside patio made of these pavers. In order to get a light fixture in the proper place to properly light a Frangipani tree I need to place it in the patio itself. The owner said that she thought core drilling sounded pretty expensive and that she would be OK with just pulling up that square and filling it in with the same decorative rock that she has in a few places.
    I think it would look much better and more professional if the paver was drilled and the fixture set in that way. I have never done this before and need to know a few things. My questions are:
    1. Is it hard to do? -- I have called around and gotten prices on renting the equipment. The hole would have to be 4" - I am using Unique's Nova light for this application.

    2. How easy is it to crack the paver?

    3. If I wanted to try and hire an outside person to come drill one hole for me - who should I call(what type of business)?

    4. What is the most important thing to know about core drilling?

    Here is a photo of the area that I will placing the fixture in.


    Any and ALL information will be greatly appreciated!!
    Thank You!!
    Have A Great Day!!
  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    While I am all for core drilling and have posted shots of Novas I have put in like this, I think in your application it would create a trip hazzard. Have you considered backlighting that tree or if I rememeber your other pictures you could downlight it ?

    Core drilling fixtures in is great if you can get them completly 100% flush. I imagine there are alot of retired people around you which in my opinion means extra caution should be exercised, especially on a business.
  3. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,186

    Downlight, it would look much better. JMO
  4. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    To answer your questions specifically, it is very easy to crack pavers, so just go real slow if you do this. If you want to hire someone, call a paver guy. The most important thing to know? If you haven't done it before, you will find there are two kinds of core drills: a hand held unit, and a base mounted unit which is much like a drill press. Don't use the hand-held if your not used to doing this kind of work.
    In summary: What Billy and Tim said, if possible.
  5. EveningIllumination

    EveningIllumination LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    1st. This particular tree is too short to down light from.

    2nd. The top of the tree is too soft to mount fixtures too.

    3rd. The fixture will be mounted directly under the branches that reach out over the patio therefore: no tripping hazard - it is not in a pathway(I was hoping the angle of the photo would show that).

    4th. I am planning to use the fountain there to hid the fixture from the front and was only going to use the angled shroud if there was too much glare. I am really hoping to flush mount it with the flat ring and use a 60degree honeycomb louver.
  6. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    Then I say go for it. As long as the fountain is going to stay there, you should be in good shape. As I mentioned, just rent the base mounted core drill and go very slowly. Try to get your hole directly in the center of a paver, and not near an edge and you will be fine.
  7. EveningIllumination

    EveningIllumination LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Thank You Chris!!
    I appreciate your time and sharing. I don't know if you have Frangipani in your area - If you do then you know that lighting these trees from underneath is so much better than down lighting them.

    BTW - all those Christmas lights and garland are gone now.
  8. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    Anytime my friend.
  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Hey Chris, good to see you back here, it has been a while. What's up with you these days?
  10. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    Same ol, same ol. Just trying to keep up with everything. Had a break today, and started thinking about you guys, so I decided to check in and see what's the latest. Looking forward to a vacation next week!

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