DIY Drilling Tiles pls
Mark spot with pen, use a standard woodscrew (a nice sharp new one)and ‘dink’ it with a hammer on said spot. This should take a small chip off the glaze, then use an SDS bit but on drill not hammer to go through the tile, then use hammer action to drill into masonry behind. I’ve used diamond tipped tile bits before and they’re a waste of money IMO, this was years ago mind so they might have improved sincePosted 4 years agodavosaurusrexSubscriber
Put 200 towel rails up in a new hotel when I was an apprentice using that technique, didn’t crack a single tile, 1200 holes if memory serves. But if you’re ham fisted give Wickes your money. And I didn’t say “hit” I said “dink” which is an industry recognised technical term as any fule no.Posted 4 years ago
Never seen anyone in the trade use a tile drill.
I’ve installed countless bathrooms and I’ve never used a tile drill.
Never cracked a tile or made a mess drilling through a tile either.
Masonry bit, hammer off, push the bit against the tile slightly to mark the glaze so it won’t slip, drill tile.
It’s really that easy.Posted 4 years agoBlazin-saddlesMember
I do actually use a tile drill bit, Black and Decker Piranha. they are quicker than masonry drills and make a cleaner hole, only drill the tile with them though, not the wall. Oh, and NEVER drill in the joint, you may get away with it but if anything is gonna break a tile, this is it!
Std masonary is fine though, without hammer if required. I ‘mark’ the tile with the tip of it 1st to stop it slipping on the glaze.Posted 4 years agoRicBSubscriber
Having recently done this (two mirrors, two shelves, toiletry holder) I found the best way is:
Mark with masking tapePosted 4 years ago
Use a 6mm tile bit (£4 and makes drilling the hole in exactly the right place much easier than a masonry bit)
Drill for 8 secs, then dip bit in water to lubricate, then repeat.
Avoid a diamond core bit – £14 and utterly bobbins
6mm hole through tile
Switch to 5mm bit as soon as you hit the adhesive (I used a new HSS bit as it was only going through adhesive and plasterboard)
Red plugs inserted flush with the tile
no. 6 screws
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