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.
Unglazed tiles do not have a coated surface and full body porcelain tiles dont show wear anyhow due to the colour and design being throughout the entire tile. These types of tiles have a PEI rating of 0-5 meaning they can be used in any area. PEI classes are 0 through 5. The porcelain enamel institute scale is one that is used to help detect areas that tiles should be used in. The glazed tiles that have the overall 0 to 5 rating can be used anywhere from no foot traffic to industrial traffic making them ideal for use in your home.
It is not advisable to try and cool the drill bit by using an aspirator or drilling through a wet sponge these methods will not keep the drill bit cool enough and the drill bit will burn out. Set the electric drill to between 700 and 900 rpm. Make sure that the drill is in normal mode. Push the carbide drill bit gently into where you have marked the tile until you hear a cracking sound. Start drilling from a vertical position with sufficient pressure and dont stop until you hear a change in the tone of the drill. As soon as you hear the change in the tone begin to ease off.