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benvg

01:50PM | 03/18/01
Member Since: 03/17/01
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I am tiling my bathroom, using 12" x 12" tiles.
I need to cut a round hole for the toilet in one tile.
Any ideas????

rpxlpx

09:33AM | 03/19/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Are these tiles ceramic, linoleum, or ??

rpxlpx

09:33AM | 03/19/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Are these tiles ceramic, linoleum, or ?? If ceramic/porcelain, you can get a masonry cutting blade for a circular saw for about $5. that will allow you to VERY CAREFULLY work your way through the tile.
After I had some tile work done, I used one to cut a tile into matching coasters. It's labor intensive, but you only need to cut one.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited March 19, 2001).]

Lawrence

07:11AM | 03/28/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
A spiral saw (Rotozip or Dremel tool) with a masonry bit will work, as well. It looks a bit like a drill (same size bit), but is shaped differently so it is easier to control when cutting and has a faster motor. Be sure to practice cutting some random designs in scrap tile to get the hang of controlling the spiral saw, first.

You can also use a table saw for larger holes like a toilet. Position the hole between tiles instead of inside a single tile so that each tile gets only a semi-circle. Draw the semi-circle guide lines on each tile. Cut a straight line from end to end of each semi-circle. Then make several cuts perpendicular to that diagonal edge, up to the semi-circle line. Make these cuts about a half inch from each other to create a sort of "feathered" pattern. Then chip out the semi-circle. The tile will naturally break at the end of those feather cuts, which, if you have cut them carefully to the semi-circle line, will create a good semi-circle.

You can smooth that edge with a file, a grinding tool, or with a table saw by using the tip of the masonry blade as a grinder. Be careful if doing the latter; it can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing with a table saw.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited March 28, 2001).]

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