Porcelain Tile / September 14, 2018 / Brousseau
Drilling Small Diameter Holes (10mm or Smaller) with Carbide Bits. Firstly mark where the hole will be drilled on the tile using a marker. Attach a carbide drill bit to your drill. Ensure that there is a constant supply of cold water that is being directly aimed at the selected drill bit i.e. by using water cooling equipment. Note regarding water cooling. It is important to ensure that there is a constant supply of cold water in order to keep the drill bit cool and to help remove any debris that may have built up whilst drilling the tile.
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.
The Takla Roma Travertino Collection has a marbleised appearance and can be found through many retailers for varying costs. These tiles have a water absorption rate of 0.04% and are first grade quality porcelain with a matte finish. There are a few different mosaics available in this line of tiles whose thickness is right at 3/8 inch. Armeg SDS Plus tile removing chisel also available in this range.