laying slate tile on a concrete patio

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Old 02-06-16, 06:37 PM
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laying slate tile on a concrete patio

Hello We are planning on laying some slate tile on a newly poured concrete slab. We have a tile saw to cut the straight edges where needed, but this is a curved patio and we will need to make some curved cuts in the tile. we have heard we can use an angle grinder to cut curves, but are afraid of this for fear of damaging the tile and getting an jagged edge
 
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Old 02-06-16, 10:06 PM
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I'm no tile expert by any means but be warned, from my experiences, natural slate can be very slippery when wet, unless it has a very rough texture. Also, I'm sure the concrete guys will chime in, but that slab needs to cure for a while.

A diamond blade in a grinder should be fine, it makes a pretty smooth cut. And you can always use a smoothing stone (or whatever it's called to polish the cut).
 
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Old 02-07-16, 04:15 AM
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The diamond blade on the wet saw has about 1/4" of grit on the side of the blade such that you can drag the tile or stone across it to smooth non-traditional cuts. Sort of like if you were using a belt sander. Experiment with it, just keep safety in mind. I use this technique when doing toilet cut outs for tile as an alternative to tile nippers.
 
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