Drilling through ceramic tile...


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Old 02-17-24, 07:24 AM
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Drilling through ceramic tile...

I'm installing a shower door on a tile wall with pointed masonry bits, I never drilled through ceramic tile before, any tips I should follow so I don't crack the tile? Should I also drill all the way through the durock backerboard until I hit the wood stud?
 
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Ceramic tile is reasonably easy to drill through. A carbide tipped masonry bit will do the job. Use a regular drill (no hammer drill) and start off at slow speed. Masking tape over the area to be drilled helps because the drill bit will want to walk until it gets a start. You can also use a nail lightly tapped just to break the glaze. I always drill through any substrate.

Don't use a hammer drill.
 
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Old 02-17-24, 05:51 PM
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A standard carbide bit is borderline useful in ceramic or porcelain tiles.
Carbide glass and tile bits.
 
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Old 02-20-24, 02:19 PM
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Thanks for all the help guys, my tile holes are all nicely drilled. My new pointed masonry bits went through the ceramic tile with ease and steady pressure, the hardest part is over now, thanks again...
 
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Question, Mark, is this a big heavy frame-less glass door? You might be installing same one I put in our master bath walk-in shower a few months back. I wasn't lucky enough to have stud in right place and had to open up dry wall on back side to install extra support. On the bright side, the backside is in the walk-in closet.
 
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Not sure if this would be called a frame-less shower door or not, but this is the one I'm installing. When framing, I ran two studs together up both sides where the shower door frame rails will screw into for support if this is what you're asking..




 
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When framing, I ran two studs together up both sides where the shower door frame rails will screw into for support
Good planning.
 
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No, not like mine; it is a straight across one. Didn't know you had framed it out.
 
 

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