Cutting Ceramic Tile Around a Toilet

What You'll Need
Construction Paper
Utility Knife
Safety Glasses
Rotozip Power Saw
Ceramic Tile Bit
Caulking Gun
Latex Caulking

You can cut ceramic tile in order to set it around a toilet. The task is a moderate level job that requires some measuring and the handling of a small power tool. It can be accomplished by having the following supplies and following a few easy steps in order to make the tile cuts and insert it around the toilet.

Step 1: Create a Design Template for the Tile

Take a piece of tile and trace it on to a piece of construction paper. Create several construction paper forms in the shape of the tile in order to create a working template. This will help you determine how to make the tile cuts for the pieces that will be set around the toilet.

Step 2: Lay Tile

Place the tile up to the toilet. For the gaps, use the construction paper tiles to create a pattern, folding back the paper when it touches the base of the toilet. Use tape to join the construction tiles together and cut the excess off with a utility knife or scissors.

Step 3: Trace the Template on to the Tile Surface

Put the template on a work surface and transfer the cut pattern to the tile using a pencil. This will give you the markings needed to cut the tile with a rotozip and ceramic tile bit. A rotozip is a power saw that makes circular cuts and is specially design to cut tile. This tool can be purchased or rented for use in this project.

Step 4: Make the Cuts

Follow the pencil cut outlines with a rotozip saw in order to cut the tiles to fit around the toilet. Wear safety glasses at all times when cutting the ceramic tile to prevent loose debris from hitting your eyes and damaging your vision.

Step 5: Install the Tile

Once you have cut the tile to shape, continue dry fitting the tile to make sure that the cuts match the base of the toilet. Complete the dry fitting, making any adjustments that are necessary and use a caulk gun and silicone caulking to set the tiles in place. Clean the area up and wipe up any excess caulk that is on the tiles. Allow the area to dry completely before using the toilet.

Tips and Suggestions

Practice using the rotozip on sample tile pieces so that you are comfortable with how it is operated. The tool is a small handheld power saw that feels different from other saws when you first use it. Over time, you will gain more comfort using the tool.

Safety equipment should be used in all jobs that involve cutting. This includes safety glasses, gloves, and protective clothing. If the job requires bending on your knees, knee pads are necessary.