Cutting holes in ceramic tile, etc

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Verdeboy, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    For 3 handle shower faucets, it seems like a 1 1/4 -1 1/2 inch carbide tipped hole saw will work fine. But what do you guys use to cut out the much larger hole needed (in ceramic tile) for single handle faucets with large backer plates? Remgrit makes a tungsten carbide jigsaw blade. Anyone try that?

    Also, I want to get a good set of bimetal general purpose hole saws. Home depot has a 13 piece Ridgid set for about 69.00. Any other recommendations?
  2. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005
    Mark the opening and use a good carbide bit to make a lot of holes close together and the the opening your making will fall right into your lap. Be it full ceramic with mud and wire backer or cement board. If it's just glued on to drywall, be very careful.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    It very much depends on the type of ceramic...some are too hard for carbide to even scratch.

    Either use a diamond hole saw in these conditions, or use a grinder with a diamond cup on it...score around where you want the hole on both sides, cut pie sections through, then break them out.

    If it is a really soft wall tile, a RotoZip with a carbide or diamond dry cut bit works wonders.
  5. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

    Nov 8, 2005
    Hansville, Washington
  6. Pewterpower

    Pewterpower New Member

    Jun 25, 2006
    That's all I've ever used. They also make a diamond cutting wheel for about $20 and you could make several slashes (if you need a really big hole, and then jusy punch it out.
    I love my RotoZip. It's one of my all-time favorite tools.
  7. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    I just got a new Rubi TS-40 tile cutter It was 175.00

    I get to practice cutting/drilling tile in the shower in my new apartment. As you can see, someone got lazy or just didn't know how to cut around the valve stems and tub spout. They installed some thin laminated board instead, which is already failing.:eek:

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  8. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

    Jul 20, 2009
    Design Work World Wide: Bathrooms Vancouver Area
    North Vancouver, BC
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