Can you reliably score and snap tile by hand?

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Can you reliably score and snap tile by hand?

My shower wall tiles are too long to fit into my snapper(21"). Is it reasonable to score and snap them by hand? Or are they too large for that? They are procelain.

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Old 10-20-20, 10:53 AM
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If the score mark is clean and penetrates the porcelain then it should be possible. Make sure you have flat even edge to make your break. Then make a quick fast snap.

If you have enough pieces to cut then it's worth buying the proper size tile cutter. Caulk it up the cost of the whole project.
 
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I think it depends both on the type of tile and the snap cutter being used. I did ok with my snap cutter but I do a lot better with my cheap tile wet saw.
 
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Agree that a wet saw is better than a snap/cutter. If you only have few pieces to cut, you may be able to rent one. I think HD rents them.
 
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If you are planning a lot of tile work for your home, a cheap <$100 wet saw is a good investment. Mine lasted for years and I cut a lot of tile with it. If you bought your tiles at a tile shop they will probably cut them for you.
 
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I think I paid $60 for my Harbor Freight tile saw. Probably not good enough for a pro but works good for me.
 
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Here's the thing, your doing it DIY, your saving probably 60% of the cost of having someone else do the job.

DIY gets a bad wrap when you take short cuts and do a krapy job.

Take the savings and get some decent tools, the cost is not an expense, it's an asset!
 
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Thank you all for the advice. I went ahead and exchanged my 21" snapper for a 24" model. It's the QEP slimline version. Wish me luck!
 
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