Porcelain Tile / September 7, 2018 / Brousseau
With porcelain being one of the most popular choices of tile material available and with the trend for porcelain tile set to continue tilers have had to adapt their working methods and tools to be able to cater for the demands of their clients. Until recently a large number of tile fixers have shied away from the installation and drilling of porcelain tiles due its perceived difficulty. However drilling holes in porcelain tile is not difficult! Using the correct methods and the best tools for the job it is possible to achieve perfect cuts in a matter of seconds.
How to lean in... To lean in simply start the drill at an angle as soon as the drill bit has started to cut the tile slowly bring the drill into a vertical position. Ensure that sufficient pressure is being applied (tile dust should be evident in cooling water) and rotate slowly until you have cut the perfect hole. As you finish the hole you will notice that the tone of the drill will change. Using sticky drive pads. If you use a sticky drive pad it is unnecessary to use the leaning in method.
Because the majority of small diameter holes will be cut into tiles already fixed to the wall it will be necessary to drill a fixing hole behind the tile. Replace the carbide drill bit with the appropriately sized masonry drill bit and set the drill to hammer mode. Use a slow speed for drilling into hard materials to ensure that the tip doesnt overheat. Ensure that the drill bit is frequently withdrawn in order to stop a build up of dust.