Cutting a hole in ceramic tile backsplash

Old 02-13-05, 05:42 PM
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Cutting a hole in ceramic tile backsplash

I have a ceramic tile backsplash in my kitchen and I'd like to add an electrical outlet in there.

I have been unable to figure out a way to cut a hole in this to fit in a remod box for the outlet. I'm having trouble drilling/cutting the tile.

What should I be using to do this?
Old 02-13-05, 08:12 PM
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If you have some extra tiles, you're better off breaking a few tiles, cutting your hole for an electrical box, then retiling around it...........It's very difficult (if not impossible) to cut tiles w/o a water saw.
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Yeah, I know what you mean. Can't drill or cut through the stuff for the life of me even with carbide bits with a hammerdrill.

Easiest I've found is getting one of those $99 Home Depot benchtop tile saws with the 4" diamond blade. Just do a plunge cut from the backside of the
tile by lightly pushing the tile down on the spinning blade. Electrical box
cutout is easy since the 4 cuts are straight.

You can use that little tile saw for small jobs elsewhere, so it's a
good investment regardless.
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Angle grinder will cut what you need. Have someone hold a vacuum by the cutting to keep the dust down. Don't forget the safety glasses.

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