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Old 07-02-15, 12:30 PM
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Tile drill bit

Got to work Saturday if you can believe that.

I need to install a hanging vent hood on a tile wall in a kitchen. It's been awhile since I've drilled through tile. Last time, the masonry bits worked better than the tile bits. I want to do this as quick as possible.

Does anyone know the absolute best bit to drill through wall tile, I will buy whatever needed. I haven't seen the tile and don't know if it's glass, porcelain, etc. I can get several based on input.
 
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Old 07-02-15, 01:55 PM
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Brian, I like using these, but you have to chase them with spray of water to keep them cool. Bosch Glass and Tile Drill Bit Set (4-Piece)-GT2000 - The Home Depot
 
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Old 07-02-15, 01:58 PM
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I always used a masonry bit. It's good to center punch it first. I'll be working Saturday too but it's by choice.
 
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It would be helpful to know what type of tiles, but the set Larry recommends should be good for any.

"Center punch" ceramic tiles? I think I won't try that.

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Old 07-02-15, 03:01 PM
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Jaz, now, I do take the bit and press it into the tile to break the glaze on my mark before I drill. Otherwise I'll wind up drilling a foot away from where I intend
 
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Old 07-02-15, 03:05 PM
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Thanks guys,
I'll try the set Larry linked to. I don't know the material yet, but glass and tile sounds good.

Off topic, but have you ever noticed some customers can be difficult?
 
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Old 07-02-15, 03:07 PM
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some customers can be difficult?
Only the ones that require you to work on Saturdays
 
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Old 07-02-15, 03:54 PM
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If it is hard porcelain, you will know right away you are in trouble. Glass and tile bits work on most. Start with a small hole and work yourself up to larger. Here is the one a guy who works for a bathroom shower glass company uses to punch through tile. I bought some and they work better than mason bits.

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Old 07-03-15, 04:01 AM
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have you ever noticed some customers can be difficult?
I suspect if you work long enough you'll cover the whole range of customers. What always amused me are the ones that half way thru a paint job [new construction] would complain that I was the worst painter ever and then compliment me on what a fine job I did once I was finished .... wonder if they don't know what primer [and all the other prep] is
 
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Old 07-03-15, 09:32 AM
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Center punch" ceramic tiles? I think I won't try that
I actually used a hardened steel punch but you are right you have to be very careful. You don't hit it hard straight on. You use light glancing taps with the punch at an angle.
 
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Old 07-03-15, 03:07 PM
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You guys are brave using a center punch on tile of any kind. I use a very small glass tile bit to get the hole started and then work progressively up to larger. Once the hole is started, the bit will not drift. If it drifts in the start, hole the drill so that the angle of the bit is toward where you would like the hole to be. It will begin to drill somewhat sideways into the tile and then straighten up the drill and bit when it is centered again where you want it. And for gods sakes, never center punch anywhere near the edge of a tile, you are asking for a blow out.
 
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Old 07-03-15, 05:15 PM
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I've always used a center pinch to mark my hole and guide the drill bit be ceramic or porcilian. Never broke one yet.
 
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Old 07-04-15, 01:05 PM
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Well, I finished my job today, a wall mounted vent hood.

Couldn't believe how easy the Bosch Tile Bits drilled through the tile. Didn't even use one of my good drills, just a simple compact cordless.

You guys are OK.
 
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