Porcelain Tile / September 14, 2018 / Brousseau
Ensure that scrap tiles or another similar material is placed under the tile that is being drilled. This will help to halt the progress of the drill once it has finished drilling through the tile. Before drilling tile ensure that you are wearing the correct safety equipment including safety glasses or goggles. Ensure that you are using a residual current device (RCD) to help prevent electric shock. Drilling Small Diameter Holes (10mm or Smaller) with Diamond Cores. Mark the center of the hole to be drilled into the tile by using a marker or a sticky drive pad.
Now that the pilot hole has been cut it is possible to drill the main (large) hole. Attach the appropriate diamond core and ensure that there is a constant supply of cold water (see water cooling information in the previous sections of this article). Diamond cores that are larger than 13mm will require an adapter with pilot pin that locates into the pilot hole that has been cut previously to ensure the perfect hole will be made. Starting the drill vertically begin to drill in a circular motion with sufficient pressure until the tone of the drill changes.
Drilling Large Diameter Holes (13mm or Larger). In order to cut holes that are 13mm or larger in diameter it is necessary to first drill a pilot hole. The pilot hole will act as a locater for a large diamond core and will help you to drill a perfect hole in porcelain tile. Attach an 8mm carbide drill bit or 8mm diamond bit to your drill. Follow the instructions given above for either Drilling Small Diameter Holes (10mm or Smaller) with Diamond Cores or Drilling Small Diameter Holes (10mm or Smaller) with Carbide Bits depending on whether you are using diamond cores or carbide drill bits. Leave out the final step in either case as you wont be drilling a fixing hole behind the tile.