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Tile cutter and spacers

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by Jupiter01, 30 Apr 2019.

  1. Jupiter01

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    I’m planning to fit a section of 600x300 tiles (probably porcelain) inside shower enclosure. I don’t often tile but I’m sure a cutter will come in handy again.

    What do you recommend in this situation?

    Also, are those cross-shaped spacers the easiest to work with?
     
  2. EddieM

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    Electric tile cutter, diamond blade, marcrist are good. Spacers, Yes the cross ones, spacing pretty much your choice, but in a shower, the smaller the better, put the spacers in perpendicular to the tiles, so you can remove them once the adhesive has set. Epoxy grout is my choice, but a bit of a pain. What substrate you tiling onto?
     
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  3. Jupiter01

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    Thanks @EddieM.
    Would it be advisable to purchase a dry cutter given how infrequently I will use this? I’ve not seen the prices for the electric cutters and concerned that it may be outside my budget.

    I will be tiling on to an aqua panel board.
     
  4. EddieM

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    Wet, make sure the blade doesn't get dry, they're not very dear < £50. They're not pro machines though!
     
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    A thought: can I use my makita angle grinder with an appropriate blade?
     
  6. EddieM

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    Theoretically yes, but it's not really the right tool and won't be as neat as a tile cutter.
     
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    And you will need to count your fingers after every cutting session.

    Tile cutters can be had for $40 and considered just as an expense to do that 1 job, if it lasts for loner then it's a bonus.
    Or join Freegle and ask if anyone is giving one away.

    I never put those plastic tile spacers in the + corners the way they are usually show, grout over them? no chance!
    Push them in so only 1 leg is doing the spacing and you can then pull them out when the adhesive is dry and reuse them on another section (and for years to come).
     
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    With the grinder, what type of blade should I use?
     
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    I'd suggest a rubber one.
    You get to keep your fingers then :)
     
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  12. Jupiter01

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    That looks good. Will purchase one of these today.
     
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    I'd forget about using a grinder TBH.
     
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    I will.
    Does that tile cutter provide a smooth cut edge on porcelain tiles?
     
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    Just make sure you do the cutting outside (or on some dust sheet3/old towels) as the water goes everywhere. (y)
     
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