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How to Cut Holes in Tiles for Taps


Cutting holes in tiles is quite easy, and there are basically three options. You can either use a tradesman hole cutter, a handyman hole cutter, or you can drill and 'nibble' the hole to the required size.

Whether you use a hole cutter or a drill will depend upon what you are making the holes for. If it's for a tap or another penetration, you will need to use a hole cutter before laying the tile. If the hole is for a fitting then it can be made with a drill after the tile is laid.

To Cut a Hole for a Tap or Penetration With a Hole Cutter

The method here is the same whether you use a tradesman or handyman hole cutter. The difference between the two is that the tradesman hole cutter is a professional quality tool. While the handyman hole cutter isn't designed to last as long as the professional model, it will work well for one or two jobs around the home.

STEP 1

• Use a pencil to mark where the tile needs to be cut.
• Mark the centre of the hole.

STEP 2

• Place some tape on the centre mark. This is to prevent the drill bit from slipping on the surface of the tile.
• Place the tile over a stable and suitable work surface.

STEP 3

• Drill the hole using a hole cutter.

To Drill a Hole for a Fitting

STEP 1

• Use a pencil to mark the spot where you need to drill.
• Place some tape on the centre mark. This is to prevent the drill bit from slipping on the surface of the tile.

STEP 2

• Use another piece of tape to make a small well to collect the dust when we drill. This will save a lot of cleaning up!

STEP 3

• Drill the hole. Do not use the hammer function on your drill until you have drilled through the glazed surface of the tile.
• Remove the tape and the job is done.

mark where the tile needs to be cut
drill the hole in the tile
make a tape well to catch the dust
drill the hole in the wall tile