Many first time tilers worry more about cutting ceramic tile Porcelain Floor tile, or natural stone flooring, than any other part of the tiling process. But it can actually be fairly easy if you use the correct tile cutting tools.
In most cases when tiling a wall or floor, you'll need to cut most of the wall or floor tiles around the perimeter of the floor or wall to make them fit. And you'll also need to make notches to wall or floor tiles to make them fit around obstacles such as door jambs, pipes, and other penetrations.
Not a worry because there are many different tile cutting tools you can use for cutting wall and floor tiles, And none of them, including the power tools, are difficult to operate.
Always wear protective eyewear when cutting ceramic tile with the snap cutter, or Ceramic tile nippers. And use both eye and respiratory protection when using power tools.
* A Snap cutter is not a power tool. And it's one of the fairly inexpensive tile cutting tools. It's an excellent choice for beginners for cutting ceramic tile.
* A snap cutter can only cut in straight lines. And cannot be used for cutting Porcelain floor tiles, Stone, Quarry or any other extremely hard floor tiles. For these tough tiles, you'll need to use power tile cutting tools.
* It's difficult to use a snap cutter for cutting ceramic tile near the edge of the tile, Even when using soft Ceramic wall tiles, Better to use Ceramic Tile Nippers for there challenging cuts.
* Most Ceramic wall tile is softer than floor tiles. So soft ceramic wall tile can easily be cut with either a snap cutter or a Rod Saw. If your Ceramic wall tile is too hard for a Rod Saw or snap cutter, use a Wet Saw and Ceramic tile nippers.
* The bites from the Ceramic tile nippers will not be crisp and precise, so plan on using these tiles in unsuspecting areas, such as under moldings or where they'll be covered by plumbing hardware.
When tiling a wall with the soft Ceramic wall tile, A snap cutter is a good choice for cutting the tiles. You simply need to mark your cut lines onto your tile, using a wax pencil.
Position your tile firmly against the snap cutter's front guide. Lift up the handle, and push or pull it to score a line across the tile. It's best to score a single continuous line, but if you score an incomplete line, go over it again.
Let the wings of the snap cutter, rest on both sides of the scored line. Push down on the handle, and the tile will snap in two.
If your cut is within an inch or so of the edge of the tile, use tile nippers to break away the excess material, a little at a time. Make sure to brush away all debris from your snap cutter, before making your next cut.
Tile nippers are one of the simpler looking tile cutting tools. And it certainly doesn't have the appearance to cut curves and notches to tiles.
This simple tool doesn't look like it can cut curves and notches in tiles, but it can. And not only will it bite into Ceramic wall tile, but will also nibble into Porcelain floor tiles and Natural Stone tiles.
This tool will require patience and a little practice. The key to using tile nippers is to slowly take lots of tiny bites. Because if the bites are too big, you risk cracking the tile.
The bites from the tile nippers will not be crisp and precise, so plan on using these tiles in unsuspecting areas, such as under moldings or where they'll be covered by plumbing hardware.
Most Ceramic wall tile is softer than floor tiles. So soft ceramic wall tile can easily be cut with either a snap cutter or a Rod Saw. If your Ceramic wall tile is too hard for a Rod Saw or snap cutter, use a Wet Saw and Ceramic tile nippers.
To make a cutout with a Rod saw, Mark your tile for the cuts. Then hold the tile firmly in place. The area to be cut should be hanging over the work surface. Saw the Ceramic wall tile with steady moderate pressure. You should be able to easily turn the tile as needed.