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Cutting tiles around sockets without a table saw

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by daern, 13 Oct 2021.

  1. daern

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    Hi all,

    First-time tiler here! I'm using a few boxes of spare tiles to create a backing to my garage worktop and sink. Going well so far (IMHO!) but I can see trouble hoving into view in the form of the wall sockets...

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    I've watched a few videos, and all seem to use an expensive, job-specific table saw to cut the tiles. While I'm sure this is the best way to do it, this isn't a tool I have access to.

    Could anyone suggest any alternative ways that I can cut corners out of tiles in a manner that doesn't look a complete dog's dinner? I own an angle grinder... ;)
     
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  3. Tigercubrider

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    I bought a cheap saw in B&Q for less than £50 when I needed to infill a hole left by replacing a cill on a patio door.
    You may find lidl/aldi offers?

    Prior to that I just used a traditional score/press/cut type cutter and made holes by drilling a first hole, then a handsaw looped through the hole to make a square hole inside a tile.
    Quite a few breakages but it worked.
     
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  4. Lower

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    you can buy a tile cutting blade for your angle grinder.
     
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    i used this in my 125mm Dewalt Angle grinder for some straight cuts on porcilian tiles - worked fine
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-masonry-tile-diamond-cutting-blade-125-x-22-23mm/3434v

    And then later when i needed to cut ceramic tiles around a sink/toilet , i borrowed a tile cutter (a B&Q version which i think is now £40/50) and put a new blade into it, as it was 110mm
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/marcrist-tile-ck650sf-diamond-tile-blade-110-x-22-2mm/16121

    almost exactly the same as the tops tile version
    https://www.toppstiles.co.uk/fixing...rs/electric-tile-cutters/electric-cutter-450w

    screwfix and toolstation have a few under £50

    I had to cut about 20 tiles , and it worked really well, but be prepared for water to go everywhere.
    I used outside , and had a plastic apron on
     
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  8. daern

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    The tile cutter is actually surprisingly cheap. I'm still not going to get one as I've only got this bit to do, but would certainly invest if I had more to put down. Angle grinder it is and we'll see how it goes!
     
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    I've been quite surprised at how well a tile cutting blade in a jigsaw works
     
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    They do indeed work with soft tiles. They are less dusty but much slower than an angle grinder.
     
  13. daern

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    Thanks all - bought a diamond angle grinder blade from screwfix (it's my garage - speed over perfection!) and it worked a treat, with minimal chipping of the tile surface. Quite sure that a proper saw, or even a jigsaw, might give better results, but the angle grinder is doing the job for me. Will get on with the whittling in anger this weekend.

    Thanks again for the hints and advice.
     
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    try some masking tape on the face?
     
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    Just buy a cheap diamond wet cutter. I have had a tiny plasplugs one that cost me £29 some 25 years ago and its done upmteen kitchens, bathrooms, fllors, shopfits and is still going strong.
     
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