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Cutting switch holes?

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by Agile, 12 Dec 2012.

  1. Agile

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    Most of the time I have seen tilers make one cut and then break the tile thinking that when the broken edges are put together they will not be noticed ( except by me ).

    Nothing in the FAQ about this!

    So any recommendations?

    Surely there is a way for top quality work?

    Tony
     
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    Use a drill for corners and a tile cutting jigsaw blade to join them?
     
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    An angle grinder with a smooth (non-sintered) blade should do it.
     
  5. Agile

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    If its as easy as you both suggest which I will try, then why do so few professionals seems to do it?
     
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    Probably because they can't be bothered and don't have to look at it everyday when it's finished. Plus it's another tool to keep track of/in working order/charged whatever.
     
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    sometimes they layout to suit so the socket is crossed by a a joint - this is the ideal. if not my favorite way is to use a large hole cutter, or a smaller one multiple times, then use knippers to square the corners, after scribing first to get a clean line

    the reason most tilers dont do it - time. its not sloppy to admit this kind of thing takes time and therefore cash to do. a split tile is often good enough
     
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    score the rectangle drill a hole in one corner then nibble the rest out with parrot pincher's
     
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    Mark the socket hole onto the face off the tile transfer marks round onto the back of tle...

    Then using a wet saw...And your good eye ....

    Tile Face side down ,take guard of wet saw and run it over the blade inside your marks....eh presto.. :LOL:


    Or use a 4oz pin hammer and a claw hammer and knock thro....piece off p4s4...

    Go to you tube and you will get my video....cutting hole in ceramic tile ' old style'.....

    Or big Chezza from uhm with the wet saw trick...

    Enjoy... ;)

    My video is for ceramic tiles....wet saw one for ALL tiles....

    Or buy a overhead wet saw and plunge cut them....this is what I mainly do..but the o/head saws are pretty pretty exspensive ..
     
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    I've got a little Rexon cutter that looks like a mini circular saw. Dead good for that sort of thing.
     
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    tictic -

    now that is the mark of a craftsman - one trick i never ever got the hang of in my tiling days
     
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    I've watched that vid in the past - didn't know it was yours though.
     
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    simplest way is a grinder, mark you cut on the face of the tile, then cut into it with ya grinder, making sure to stay on the inside of your lines, you wont get right into the corners, but the piece will break out, then cut the corners from the underside of the tile, finish with a tile file if need be.
     
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    The authors name...not give it away joe...

    You will also get the 3way mitre.... ;)
     
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    Alright auld yin hope yer good and all set for Xmas .... ;)

    Yer birthday as well jimmy.....what age now....sixty what .....ha ha...
     
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    Hhahaha, am sweet as a nut Big yin, and am 75 this jan lol. hope you and the family are all ok mate and your lass is planning ya next holiday for yous.
    Davie, ya really shouldnt be telling novices to put holes in tiles using 2 hammers mate, although i have to admit it would be good fun watching them try lol
     
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