You’ve acquired visions of a beautiful herringbone tiled toilet or are planning to take away the plain white squares in your kitchen to create a classy pink splashback.
You discover some discount tiles, learn up on the tiling fundamentals, and prepare.
Then you realise: your wall isn’t the precise dimension of ten tiles throughout. There are little gaps that want filling.
Don’t panic – the reply is easy: minimize tiles to form.
But we all know that the prospect of slicing up tiles you’ve spent your hard-earned money on – and having it go fallacious – will be daunting. So, earlier than you get slicing, we chatted with the DIY specialists at The Goodlife Centre for his or her steerage.
How to chop tiles
Look, right here’s the onerous reality: you’ll purchase some particular instruments for this activity. Your kitchen scissors or uncooked hand energy gained’t minimize it.
Along with an precise tile cutter, you’ll additionally want goggles, as tiles produce shards when being minimize. Don’t proceed with out goggles – that’s essential.
Okay, now the way in which you narrow your tiles relies on their dimension. Thinner tiles will be ‘hand cut’.
‘The principle of hand cutting divides the process into a first and second part,’ Alison Winfield-Chislett tells Metro.co.uk.
‘A ceramic glazed tile consists of a layer of clay with a skinny layer of glaze on prime. The prime layer is like glass, and that layer have to be scored with a tungsten (very onerous steel) slicing wheel earlier than making an attempt to snap the tile.
‘Once the slicing line has been scored, the tile is clenched between the V formed grip and snapped into two. It takes comparatively little strain to nudge the decrease layer of ceramic clay into following that guideline. Use a ruler to scribe the highest layer to maintain the measurement correct.
‘Tiles as much as 8mm thick will be minimize with tile cutters that resemble pliers. They appear like this.
‘If there are any spurs left on the tile, a giant’s model of a nail file can take away them.’
Got a heftier tile? Then it’s time on your second choice: a desk prime ‘flatbed’ cutter.
‘The next step up is a larger table top flatbed version, with a square edge to use as a guide and a longer handle to give more flexible pressure to make the final cut,’ Alison explains.
‘These are great as long as the cut that needs to be made isn’t only a sliver at one facet.
‘Because their cutting actions are based on a snap method, like breaking a biscuit, it’s onerous to interrupt off an quantity that lower than a half.’
Another choice is to make use of a tile noticed. ‘You will use fewer swear words if you use a tile saw,’ Alison says. ‘They are comparatively cheap and so they require much less of a knack to make use of.
‘There is a reservoir to be filled with water, which cools the tile as a metal tile cutting disc spins and cuts the tile. These can cut tiles and granite up to 25mm thick. Like all things, it needs some practice to get to know what pressure to push the tile through.’
Need to make a curve? Cut adjoining straight traces into the waste space of the tile together with your noticed then nip off the sides with a nipper.
Alison’s closing phrases of knowledge: ‘When buying tiles, it’s usually really helpful so as to add 10% further for breakage.
‘You are coaching your self as you tile so be ready for some studying experiences. As the Americans say: There isn’t any such factor as failure – solely suggestions.
‘Even if you buy all these tools, you are saving money with the sweat equity and getting free pride thrown in.’
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