Can you cut through ceramic tile?
Manual cutters are sufficient for ceramic tiles and straight, accurate cuts. They may take more time but require less skill. Angle grinders are ideal for cutting tile that’s fixed to a wall or cutting special shapes, such as circles or squares, at the center of pieces of tile. We have the tools to make your job easier.
How do you manually cut tiles?
To cut ceramic tile by hand without a tile cutter: Mark the top of the tile where you want to cut it. Place a square on the tile slightly away from the mark. Use a glass cutter to score the tile on the cut line. Place the tile on solid surface with a wire clothes hanger under the tile aligned with the score mark.
Can you cut tile that is already laid?
Unfortunately, because the tiles are so durable, if a new pipe is being laid or the tiles need to be removed to reach some pipes behind the wall, it is often easier to cut through them than it is to remove them. While loose tiles are cut using a tile wet saw, installed tiles need to be cut with hand tools.
How can I tell if my tile is ceramic or porcelain?
The easiest and fastest way to tell a ceramic tile from a porcelain tile is to take a look at its edge. A ceramic tile, whether for floor or wall use, has a glaze on top of the surface, giving it its color and finish. Porcelain tiles may be glazed but are frequently not.
Do you need a special drill bit for ceramic tile?
Standard drill bits don’t work on tile, but not to worry. Ceramic tile can be drilled with a carbide bit, while glass and porcelain call for a diamond-tipped bit.