Cutting already-installed ceramic tile

Old 05-18-01, 06:14 PM
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Hi...My bathroom has a single light switch above a single electrical outlet over the ceramic tiled wall. I want to add an outlet and a switch for a vent fan next to the current switch, which will obviously require a double wide gang box. My concern is how to cut into the existing opening in the ceramic tile, doubling its size to accommodate my new outlet, without damaging the surrounding ceramic tiled wall. What tool will work for this? Thanks. Jon
Old 05-20-01, 08:33 AM
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Hi Jon,

If your tile is the soft four-and-a-quarter inch stuff ofter used in bathroom through the years, you can widen the hole with a roto-zip tool with a tile-cutting blade. You can also "wear" it out with little "string" saw made to cut soft ceramic -- looks like a small hack saw. It's also possible to drill a series of small holes side-by-side with a masonry bit and then knock out the waste with a small cold chisel and hammer.

If the tiles are really hard, you might need a diamond bit. In that case, it would probably be cheaper to have someone cut the hole for you than to buy the bit.


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