Can't score/snap tiles..Tile adhesive is going off!

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by robodelfy, 25 Jul 2020.

  1. robodelfy

    robodelfy

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2020
    Messages:
    444
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi, just doing my first tiling job. I have 5 tiles to cut in half for the end of the room. I tried scoring them with this little tool I got (photo attached) but then it's incredibly hard to snap and when I did it broke into many pieces

    Is this tool wrong? It worked on my thinner wall tiles ok. Do I need to buy a tile cutter?

    My adhesive is going off now, probably have another hour before it's ruined. So if I'm doing something wrong let me know

    Thanks
    20200725_125140.jpg 20200725_130051.jpg
     
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. johnny2007

    johnny2007

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2012
    Messages:
    4,143
    Thanks Received:
    615
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    You need a tile snapper.
    If your tiles are ceramic you can buy one from any diy store for £30.
    Porcelain will require a better tool.
    That scoring tool is only good for 100x100 biscuit tiles used in rented places.
    I have cut corners on them by biting.
     
  4. mattylad

    mattylad

    Joined:
    27 Apr 2008
    Messages:
    8,415
    Thanks Received:
    646
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thats biting with pliers not his teeth lol
    If the adhesive is going off, take the tiles off and wash it off them until you can get the proper tools.
     
  5. robodelfy

    robodelfy

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2020
    Messages:
    444
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    How do I know if they are ceramic, can you tell from the photo?

    A tool like this?

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/vitrex-manual-tile-cutter-330mm/37944

    It's only a few tiles so I'd rather spend as little as possible
     
  6. robodelfy

    robodelfy

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2020
    Messages:
    444
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks, yeah I chucked the adhesive. Hopefully I've got enough to do those last few tiles! I don't want to buy another bag
     
  7. JaimieH

    JaimieH

    Joined:
    25 Oct 2017
    Messages:
    213
    Thanks Received:
    47
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Buy a cheap angle grinder with a decent porcelain tile blade. That will be your best option as you will need it anyway to deal with the cuts around the doorway.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. robodelfy

    robodelfy

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2020
    Messages:
    444
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Are the tiles I photographed porcelain? I thought they were ceramic but I threw the box away!
     
  9. JaimieH

    JaimieH

    Joined:
    25 Oct 2017
    Messages:
    213
    Thanks Received:
    47
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    They look like porcelain to me.
     
  10. Sponsored Links
  11. robodelfy

    robodelfy

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2020
    Messages:
    444
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Ah ok I thought they were ceramic. A grinder could be useful for other jobs, but grinder with tile blade will be £70, the tile cutter is £13. I'm so over budget!
     
  12. banjodeano

    banjodeano

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2012
    Messages:
    320
    Thanks Received:
    18
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Grinder £25
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/mac-allister-msag750-750w-4-electric-angle-grinder-220-240v/970gf
    diamond cutting disc £6
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-masonry-stone-segmented-diamond-cutting-blade-115-x-22-2mm/4896v
    £31 total, then you have it handy for other jobs, get your hand in your pocket lol
     
  13. robodelfy

    robodelfy

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2020
    Messages:
    444
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for looking for me! I won't buy that cheap brand stuff, it breaks! But I think a grinder will be useful for other stuff, but I'll get a Makita or Bosch one. Will cost about £70 overall with tile blade.

    Can you get as nice an edge with the grinder as with a tile cutter?
     
  14. banjodeano

    banjodeano

    Joined:
    25 Nov 2012
    Messages:
    320
    Thanks Received:
    18
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I am no tiler, but if you have a steady hand, i cant see why not
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  15. ETAF

    ETAF

    Joined:
    24 Apr 2008
    Messages:
    1,236
    Thanks Received:
    213
    Location:
    UK, Wittering, West Sussex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    i purchased this
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-masonry-tile-diamond-cutting-blade-125-x-22-23mm/3434v
    for my 125mm dewalt grinder (125mm because thats the grinder I have) and disappointed cutting porcelain tiles, all the edges chipped , in my case it did not matter as ALL the edges are hidden.
    i'm about to buy a load of ceramic tiles and posted a question here ,
    https://www.diynot.com/diy/threads/tile-cutter-blade-for-ceramic-tiles.549168/
    I have spoken to ATS and they have been helpful and the blades are reasonable priced compared to rubi
    BUT they suggested I should have used a wet cut for the porcelain tiles and thats an expensive
    But thought you may want to have a read.
    I also believe the continuous blades give better results - BUT cant remember where i read that
     
  16. robodelfy

    robodelfy

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2020
    Messages:
    444
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi mate yeah I saw that. There's one from Toolstation which everyone seems to say although not absolutely perfect it's near enough. Pretty good reviews and only a couple of quid extra. Have you seen it :

    https://www.toolstation.com/abracs-...6gIVU4fVCh3haQcCEAQYAiABEgIuKPD_BwE#reviewTab
     
  17. johnny2007

    johnny2007

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2012
    Messages:
    4,143
    Thanks Received:
    615
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    No chance, unfortunately.
    It will chip like mad.
    Can you go a bit over budget and rent a proper tile cutter?
    Not too sure those tiles are porcelain, although they look like it from the pictures.
    Can't you check online?
     
Loading...

Share This Page