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How to Cut a Circle in Ceramic Floor Tile

2012-11-24   Views:1

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Ceramic floor tile can be scored and snapped for straight cuts, or cut with a wetsaw for curved cuts. But neither approach will work if you need a circle cut out of the middle of the tile (to set a floor-mounted water pipe through it, for example). F

Ceramic floor tile can be scored and snapped for straight cuts, or cut with a wetsaw for curved cuts. But neither approach will work if you need a circle cut out of the middle of the tile (to set a floor-mounted water pipe through it, for example). For that cut, one solution is to weaken the perimeter of the circle with a line of drill holes, then break out the centre. The edges will be jagged, but in most cases, there will be a flange around whatever fixture is going through the tiles to cover the edge.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Wax pencilDrill with 1/4-inch masonry bitCardboard (enough to make a 1/2-inch thick bed)Hammer

Instructions

1 Use a wax pencil to mark the circle on the ceramic tile where you want it cut. (Note: If you have the fixture that's going to go through the tile, you can set the end of the fixture around it and trace it. Otherwise, measure and mark freehand.)

2 Set the tile on a work bench. Hold it down with one hand. With the other hand, use your drill and masonry bit to drill a line of holes all around the circle that you drew on the surface. Set the holes close together, with the sides almost touching, and going all the way around the circle.

3 Build a thick bed of cardboard on the work bench. Lay the tile on top of it.

4 Tap the centre of the circle of holes with your hammer, lightly but repeatedly, until the circle breaks out. Use your steel file to dull any sharp edges of the tile around the perimeter of the hole. The tile is now ready for installation.

Tips and warnings

Wear goggles for this project.

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