The use of tiles in the repair of residential premises is a fairly common solution for surface finishing. However, the process of its installation has several nuances that sometimes seem insurmountable. In this case, we are talking about cutting tiles. Of course, if you have a special tool for this matter, then you can not have any problems. But since not everyone has a tile cutter on the farm, the question of cutting tiles without this device becomes more relevant than ever.
Today we’ll talk about 3 ways to cut tiles in a situation where you don’t have a tile cutter at hand. Take note and use it boldly.
The first alternative version of the tile cutter is the angle grinder, familiar to everyone, better known to everyone as a grinder. This tool is very popular among home masters, so almost everyone has it. The grinder itself is a very versatile tool, so it’s also perfect for cutting tiles.
The work is performed as follows: first soak the tile in water for at least 40-50 minutes. After that, take it out and outline the cut lines, it is better to do this using a ruler, so you will not be mistaken in your calculations and will not spoil the material. Now take the grinder, after inserting into it the thinnest disk that you have, and with precise movements go through the marking tool. Experts recommend not cutting the tiles at a time, but making at least two files, the depth of each of which will be approximately equal to 3 mm. Such a phased cut will help you avoid damage to the tiles and accidental chipping along the edge of the tile. Do not forget to periodically wet the tile with water during the cut to soften the material.
For some reason, many underestimate the capabilities of jigsaws. And very in vain, because this tool can be a great alternative to a tile cutter and grinder.
The process of cutting tiles is simple and straightforward and is performed in the same way as cutting any other material. First you need to mark the cut lines of the tile. After that, place it on a convenient surface so that the tip of the jigsaw does not damage the surface itself. Next, turn on the tool at medium power and proceed to the through cuts along the previously identified contours. All you need is a few minutes.
Do not forget to soak the tile before work, so you will not only facilitate your work, but also reduce the layer of dust flying away from the site of the cut. In addition, take care of safety glasses. If during the use of the jigsaw a piece of tile bounces (which often happens), then your eyes will be safe.
The third option to replace a professional tile cutter is a glass cutter. At first glance, the tool seems very simple and ineffective, but believe me, if this hand torch easily copes with thick glass, then it will sort it out with ceramics once or twice.
Soak the tile in water first, and then mark it. If you are going to use a glass cutter for the first time, we advise you not to remove the ruler from the marking place, but use it as an auxiliary reference point for the cut line. After the marking is applied, take the glass cutter in your hand and with a confident movement towards you, draw the tip of the tool from the beginning of the tile to the very end. In this case, the glass cutter should be strictly at right angles, and the pressure force should be uniform throughout the entire cut of the material. To understand that your movements are correct, listen to the sound, you should hear the characteristic crunch of the tile. Breaks in this sound mean that the cut was not continuous. In this case, pass the glass cutter over the marking again.
After the visible continuous strip appears on the tile surface, place the tile on the table so that the cut line coincides with the edge of the countertop. After that, gently press the free edge of the tile and break it along the line.