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Old 06-11-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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faucet cut out in tile - I really messed up


I was having difficulty cutting out the hole in my tile for my faucet. So then I came up with what I thought was a clever idea and I only cut the hole big enough so that the screws could go through the faceplate... Well turns out I was wrong because the way the faceplate is designed, it will not sit flush because the inner part of the faceplate is supposed to rest inside the hole probably an 8th inch.

So as you can see, my dilemma is cutting into tile that is already set!

I'm scared about cracking this thing because of my rookie mistake. This is my first remodel and I should have been more patient but the damage is done, this might be a really hard lesson... Any recommendations?

I have a 1 inch diamond bit hole cutter which I had used originally. I was thinking at first just keep using that all the way around but it took several minutes just to make that one hole. So then as you can see, I used an angle grinder do do the rest.

I also have a carbide jigsaw blade but I feel that would probably be the worst tool to use, actually I had attempted to use this from the very beginning but felt like I couldn't get it to cut the tile at all... maybe I was afraid to give it too much pressure for fear of breaking the tile, maybe I don't know what the tolerance is on that kind of stuff.

Any recommendations what the safest way to cut out my hole?

THANKS!
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:29 AM   #2
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They make a jigsaw blade with a masonry bit. The longevity sucks but if you keep it damp it may last long enough.

Nevermind.

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:40 AM   #3
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You could drill all the way around and then follow up with the jigsaw. It wouldn't be pretty but no one will see it once the trim is in place.
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i cut all of my tile with a grinder and a diamond blade. i can cut circles or any angle. with a steady hand im sure you can cut out the rest
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Rotozip with carbide tile cutting bit. First make a round template as a guide and attach to wall tile with hot melt glue. Freehand won't get you a nice round cut. True it will be hidden by a plate but why settle for second class job? The carbide bit cuts wall tiles fine but won't work well on floor tiles as they are generally harder. A reciprocating saw or jig saw might damage the brass plumbing fixture or pipes behind the tile. Take your time.
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A 4 1/2" angle grinder with a diamond blade will do that. If you can get a helper to drizzle water on the cut as you work--all the better--over heated tiles can pop.

Cut an octagon----the cover will hide the not so round opening--(thank you Princelake)
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Can you grind/cut away the 1/8th part of the faceplate instead ?
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:05 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I think I'll probably try with a grinder first.

P.S. I don't think I have anyone free that could help me. But maybe I could use a squirt bottle with some water and just pause every so often.

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Thanks again for the advice guys.

Here's a pic of the finished result. The faceplate fits perfectly flush now
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looks like the grinder worked!!
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That is a slick looking cut! Very good fix!---Mike----

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