With access to good equipment and with a little practice, cutting tiles is not difficult. What’s critical when cutting tiles is your safety. Before you start you must please read important details about Silica and how to safely cut tiles here.
Making A Straight Cut Using A Tile Cutter
If you are planning to do a few tiling projects around your home; a tradesman’s tile cutter is an excellent investment and will make you popular with anyone else starting their own tiling projects! If this is a once-only tiling project, then the best option will be to hire a tile cutter from your local Beaumont Tiles store. You may also consider buying a cheaper ‘handyman’ tile cutter. While these can be a good option, they are not built to last a long time. They will, however, do a great job for one or two jobs around the home.
A tile cutter is a manual cutting device that cuts tiles using a score and snap method. This method works better on softer materials like wall & most floor tiles but does not work well on glass tiles. A manual tile cutter will not be able to make any bevel cuts. For simple, straight tile cutting, however, using a tile cutter is as easy as 1, 2, 3;
- Using a pencil, mark where the tile needs to be cut. Make sure that you cut the tile smaller than the actual space to allow for even grout joints.
- Place the tile in the tile cutter and run the scorer wheel across the tile (once only!). This creates a breakpoint in the tile.
- Push down the breaker. This will deliver a nice clean and evenly cut tile.
Our Hot Tip: Your safety is the number one priority! Tiles are heavy with sharp edges so you must have the right safety protection; footwear, a mask, gloves, earmuffs and work in a well-ventilated room if you are cutting tiles.
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Cutting Holes In Tiles For Taps
Almost every tiling job will involve cutting tiles but when you're tiling a bathroom, laundry or kitchen, you will also need to make extra cuts for your taps and plumbing fittings.
There are two important things you need to know about cutting holes in tiles for taps. The first is that you'll need to use a tradesman or handyman hole cutter that’s suitable for tiles. The second is that you must cut the tiles before you lay the tiles.
Always wear gloves, hearing protection and appropriate safety glasses when cutting tiles. Also wear a fitted dust mask/respirator and cut outside or in a well-ventilated area whenever drilling or cutting with an electric grinder.
- Use a pencil to mark where the tile needs to be cut, making a mark at the centre of the hole to guide the hole cutter.
- Place the tile over a suitable, stable work surface and lightly score the centre marks with a grinder to stop the drill from skidding.
- Drill the hole using a hole cutter from the front of the tile.
What's A Carborundum File
A carborundum file is made to smooth off any sharp edges of a cut tile. Similar to a sharpening stone, they will not make a score-and-snap edge as smooth as an edge from using a wet saw, but the carborundum file will dull the sharp glaze edge and smooth off some irregularities.
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