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Piapuck

05:58PM | 02/22/05
Member Since: 02/07/05
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I'm using porcelain tile (12x12) from Lowe's on walls and floor of newly remodeled small bath. Having trouble cutting holes for bath fixtures. Have broken two hole cutters already made for glass and stone. Been using a drill press and spraying water constantly. Any solutions out there?

Timbear

03:59AM | 02/25/05
Member Since: 11/07/04
83 lifetime posts
Your best bet I think is to get a radial saw, it's made for cutting holes.

T.

k2

05:28AM | 02/25/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
RADIAL SAW? Timbear? Please explain...

I worked some with porcelain tile. Tough stuff. I was able to use both a tile 'wet saw' to do the 'big' work. Then a HAMMER DRILL with a masonry bit (and as you suggest, with water). GO REAL SLOW. One tile, as I recall, had 3 cutouts in it. That was a real pain; I broke a couple. (These tiles are very large, 15x24" or so). Anything you can do with the wetsaw is better than any alternative method. It takes some creativity to use the wetsaw at times but it's worth it, in my opinion, to at least start the cuts for holes.

By the way, make sure you have the best diamond blade available on the wet saw. Cheapies will grind (crudely, I might add) for a while then just break down shortly thereafter.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Timbear

06:12AM | 02/25/05
Member Since: 11/07/04
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I may have used the wrong term. Sometimes called a spiral saw, rotozip makes one. It's basically a saw for cutting holes in just about anything.

k2

06:43AM | 02/25/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Thanks Timbear for the clarification.

That makes sense; I've seen those things, although I haven't used one. It probably would be good, esp if they have a bit with a tough enough material (diamond) for porcelain tile, stone, etc.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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