attaching mirror to tile

Old 04-06-04, 01:26 PM
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Question attaching mirror to tile

We just tiled all of our bathroom walls with floor tile and would like to attach a mirror above the sink. It is a framed mirror weighing atleast 5 pounds or more. It came with screws and hooks to hang on a nail or screw, but we are having a hard time drilling into the tile. Any suggestions?
Old 04-06-04, 06:56 PM
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Use a carbide tip drill bit, it works great but if you have a hammer drill, 3/6 or 1/2" , high speed with minimum pressure and it should drill just fine with no cracking. Then insert a plastic anchor and then install screw to hang.

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Old 04-25-04, 04:50 PM
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Buy a drill bit specifically made for drilling in tile. They're not expensive.

When you are ready to drill, mark the location and use a nail & hammer to LIGHTLY score (chip through) the glaze of the tile on your mark. This will make your drilling FAR easier and more accurate. The tiniest of chips will do fine.

If you have natural stone tile, porcelain, or something other than typical glazed tiles, you may want to use a "spade" bit - some will call it a glass drilling bit - and yes, it looks something like a spade (or an arrow). A bit more pricey ($7 or so), but worth it. These tiles can be much harder to drill, but a spade bit will do the trick.

I do not recommend the use of a hammer drill on wall tiles unless absolutely necessary. Not only is there far greater risk of cracking tiles, but not many typical homeowners even own a hammer drill. No sense buying one just to hang a mirror!


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