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Tiling Tip #3 - Cutting Tiles on the Cheap

The thoughts of cutting ceramic tiles had given me a headache these past few days. I just needed two little notches cut in two different tiles. I took two of them back to Lowes to have them cut the notches for me. While doing so, the Lowes employees chipped the tile in undesirable locations. Now I'm short a perfect tile.

I can take another perfect tile to Lowes, but that means spending gas money and risk damaging another perfectly good tile. I can buy a wet tile cutter. The least expensive one is $88 at Lowes. But I am only going to cut two notches. Do I really want to spend almost a hundred bucks to cut two notches?

While at Lowes, I spotted another option--a tile-cutting saber saw blade (see photo below). This $5 jigsaw blade was suppose to be able to cut stone and ceramic tiles. I decided to give it a try.

And it worked, sort of. Mounting it onto my jigsaw was easy enough. But the next question was whether to set my variable-speed jigsaw to fast or slow. The packaging did not specify a speed. After cutting the notch I needed, the answer is to set it to medium. And it took a very long time to make a one inch cut.

So it's no replacement for a wet cutter. But if you have a small cutting job and have enough patience, the tile-cutting blade can give you a piece of mind.

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Chieh Cheng
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 06:46:08 +0000

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Title: Tiling Tip #4 - Vise-Grip Can Help You Cut Tiles
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Excerpt: It can be a real chore to cut small pieces off a tile without a wet cutter. But I found a neat trick with a straight-line tile cutter and a vise-grip. For example, if you want to cut off a corner on your tile, carefully score it with the straight-line tile cutter. Because the corner is too small to . . .
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