cutting ceramic tile for outlets


Old 07-31-08, 06:56 AM
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cutting ceramic tile for outlets

Anyone have any ideas on how to cut into an existing tile backsplash to cut in some outlet boxes?
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Old 07-31-08, 08:06 AM
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A carbide tile bit in a Dremel tool.
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Yeah I do the same but I use a Roto Zip with a tile cutting bit.
The Dremel or roto zip will give you the best clean cuts with tile still on wall.

Whichever you use, start the bit at a 45 degree angle until you get through the tile and then cut the rest out.

These templates are also handy but you don't have to use them to get good cuts
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I also use a RotoZip with a tile cutting bit. It's like a knife through butter on wall tile, but it doesn't as well work on the much harder floor tile.
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if 4" tile, can just remove it

Depending on your requirements and the size of the tile, don't forget the option of removing a whole tile.

I recently tried both options:
- One counter had a nearby receptacle that I had to line up with, so I borrowed a rotary tool to cut the tile in the exact spot.
- Another counter did not have any nearby outlets and the backsplash tiles were slightly over 4", so I removed the whole tile and inserted a double-gang box.

Removing the tile just required a cheap grout knife, prying tools, and a lot of patience.

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