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Cutting Ceramic Tile Countertop Overhang to Fit New Taller Dishwasher

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10-04-11, 08:55 PM   #1  
Cutting Ceramic Tile Countertop Overhang to Fit New Taller Dishwasher

New to forum..would love help with a question regarding cutting counterop tile.
We are replacing an old dishwasher. Most dishwashers are slightly taller than our current opening.
We would like to make the opening taller by cutting the overhanging tile from the countertop. It is ceramic tile attached to wood.
We only need the opening to be about a 1/4 - 1/2 inch larger.
What would be the best way to cut this? Would a rotary saw be the best? We are looking at a Rotozip 2000?
Our concerns are:
- not taking too much material off
- making sure that it looks even/not jagged.
Any suggestions?
Thank you

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10-04-11, 10:07 PM   #2  
Before you attempt to cut the tile, have you tried to lower down the front legs and rear rollers of the Dishwasher? In the past I have had success doing this where the cabinet was not sitting on tile, but the dishwasher was. Is there also anyway if required that you can loosen and lift up the counter that much if you absolutely must? How is the counter secured to the cabinet? Hopefully you can loosen up screws, or brackets and shim it up a little to slide the machine under. Anything else you try in providing clearance will also end up taking away from the overall appearance you now have. Things were not done right in the past, and attempting to cut off ceramic will only end up with appearance and possible safety issues in my opinion.

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