DIY guide to cutting wall tiles

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24 Apr 2013

Tiles often need to be cut to finish rows where the floor meets the wall, or when tiling around appliances and window sills.  

Wall tiles can be cut into different shapes and sizes using various methods and tools.

There are a number of techniques involved in cutting tiles using a variety of tools. 

It’s important to approach tile cutting in the correct way to avoid damaging the tiles and harming yourself. 

Sharon Margon, TAL’s technical advisor, shares some tips on how to cut wall tiles... 

Straight cut

Use a pencil cutter to score the glazed surface of the tile on the measured mark, and use another tile as a straight edge.  

Apply a tile grate to neaten the cut area and a tile breaker to apply pressure on the scored tile to achieve a clean break.  

Once you’re done, use a tile grate to neaten the cut area. 

Curved cut

To achieve a curved cut use a pencil cutter to score the glazed surface of the tile along the curved measured mark.  Break the tile using a tile breaker and use a tile grate to neaten the cut area. 

Small semicircular cuts

A tile nipper can be used to nip away at the edge of the tile to create the required cut. This method can be used for any shape cut.

For a clean cut, use a tile grate to neaten up the cut. 

Cutting a hole in the centre

Drill a hole through the tile and insert a rod saw blade through the circle. Attach it to a hacksaw and cut the required hole. For a smooth finish, use a tile grate to clean up the cut.

For more DIY tips, visit www.tal.co.za

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