If you looked at any tiled floor, chances are high that it is made of porcelain clay. Before they are fixed to the floor or the wall, they are quite delicate. They can break down easily, or even get destroyed. How to cut it to fit a certain shape or a floor surface also matters a lot. To cut it, you will need specialized tools such as a wet saw or any other designated cutting equipment. How then do we cut it without a wet saw? What are some of the measures employed to make this process a success? This article is going to take you through a step by step method of how to cut a porcelain tile without a wet saw. Follow through.
Is it a must to use a wet saw to cut a tile? Do you really need it?
There is more than one item that can be used to cut a porcelain tile. However, the standard practice requires you to have a wet saw, together with a diamond blade. But what really happens when you do not a wet saw? Won’t you do the cutting? The answer is you can use other methods to cut the porcelain tile. It is only that by the use of a wet saw, you are bound to get excellent results.
You may not need a wet saw to cut other tile types. So the wet saw is a requirement all the time, but not a necessity.
Is the wet saw safe for cutting the porcelain tile?
Not all the time. Indeed the tile is quite delicate and the wet saw is likely to damage the surface of the tile. When doing the cutting, you may have to use a wet saw fitted with an adjustable blade for better performance. You can as well still use the standard depth saw, with some little extra care and you will still manage to cut safely. With tiles, it is all about care when handling them.
How to cut porcelain tile without a wet saw? What is the procedure?
First of all, you have to gather the required instruments. Some of them include:
- A pencil – this is useful in marking the drawings when the tile will be cut through.
- The glass cutter – which will be used to do the actual cutting.
- A T-square or a rule – which is used to ensure that the marked lines are straight and without any bend.
- You may also need a clothes hanger.
The steps (procedure) to follow when cutting a tile without a wet saw.
- Take a ruler (square) and a marker and make straight lines on the tile. This is the point where you will cut. Since the marker could be a little bit thick, you will need to allow sufficient space for the same. You will, therefore, have to position the squares about 50 inches away from the line to be marked.
- Take a glass cutter and use it to draw a straight line along the earlier marked line. Apply some little force to the tile when drawing the line using the glass cutter. This should enable you to make some cutting (partially) into the tile. Ensure that you do not cut it fully.
- Take the clothes hanger or even a straight wire. The wire should have the same thickness as the clothes hanger. Lay it down on a flat surface. Place the tile on the hanger. The line which has been partially cut using a glass cutter should be placed parallel to the hanger. Hold the tile on both ends and push it down gently against the wire. Do it consistently but carefully until the tile breaks into two.
- Repeat the process until when you are done with cutting your tiles.
What is the major challenge of using this method to cut a porcelain tile?
The method is easy as it has one setback. This is because it can only be used to cut straight line tiles. If you desire to make other different shapes of the tiles, this method will not work for you. It is only ideal for straight cuts. The advantage is that it is cheaper to buy a glass cutter as compared to the wet saw. Another positive attribute is that you can also use it to cut glass without a wet saw.
What are some of the blades which can be used in cutting a porcelain tile?
Many people can argue this out depending on their experiences. However, the most common and preferred cutting blade is RUBI Premium Arrowhead. This is because of the following best attributes about it.
- The speed with which it cuts the tile.
- The precision of the cutting.
- It can be used to produce any kind of tile shape as may be desired.
- The effectiveness of the saw in general.
What other types of saws can I use to cut the tiles?
Apart from the wet saw, you can also deploy either of the following saws to cut the tile. It may not, however, work well with porcelain tile. They can work best on ceramic tiles. These saws are:
- The circular saw and
With the circular saw, there is one specifically designed to cut the porcelain tile. Lucky enough, this is indicated in the manual of the saw. This means that you will be able to identify it before you purchase one. It should be fitted with a tile cutting blade for a circular saw, and not any other blade type.
A jigsaw, on the other hand, is quite simple to use. The only challenge is that it cannot be used on a porcelain tile. It can be used to cut a variety of substance including the ceramic tile. A ceramic tile is not as delicate as a porcelain tile. This justifies why this type of saw cannot be used to cut it.
To cut a tile requires a specialized equipment such as a wet saw. However, in some instances, it may be a hard town. The cost of acquiring one can be inhibitive. Luckily, there are other methods that can be successfully deployed to cut the tile to the desired shapes. There could be some little challenges on the same but it does a good cutting. Be having the correct tools, and not a wet saw, you will be well set for the duty.