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Old 05-23-2010, 03:05 PM   #1081
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Steam Boat Rock State Park is near Grand Coulee Dam, Banks Lake. That is one hell of a tile saw!! My ex used to complain about me buying tools. She didn't understand. I'm using a peice of cr@p $30 china saw freehand. So far so good. Keep posting! dorf dude...

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does it cut curves hoho
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:38 PM   #1083
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That is beautiful. I would love to see the finish project. Great work and thanks for the share. I also love the island that you've picked.

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Old 05-23-2010, 07:46 PM   #1084
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Steam Boat Rock State Park is near Grand Coulee Dam, Banks Lake. That is one hell of a tile saw!! My ex used to complain about me buying tools. She didn't understand. I'm using a peice of cr@p $30 china saw freehand. So far so good. Keep posting! dorf dude...
I wouldn't have needed it except the Mrs got some long tiles that are too big for the other tile saw.

So she couldn't gripe about me buying it, after all, she didn't have to pay for it.

When I used it today, there was one little problem that reared it's ugly head. The water which is supposed to spray onto the blade just dribbled out of the two plastic hoses and didn't hit the blade at all.

When I looked for the problem, it seemed that the two plastic tubes were a bit too big, and thus no pressure.

I whittled a couple of pieces of wood, flat on one side and round on the other and inserted them into the ends of the tubes. It seems to work OK now, although that's a really Mickey Mouse solution.

I'm going to see an aquarium shop to see if they have a plastic connector type fitting which will go into the ends, sort of like a mini fire hose. That should work better and definitely be more long lasting.
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or an adapter to a smaller bit of hose/tubing ???
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...ummmm...nope!

I use my hand held grinder with the small 4 1/2 inch diamond saw for that. Or better yet, don't make curves.

OK, so I know you're pulling my leg about the curves, but where the tiles will need to be curved on the floor, the radii are all quite large. A series of straight cuts should be OK.

The kitchen counter, OTOH, might be something else. The inside curve on that is pretty darned tight.
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Yes, that's exactly what I was trying to say!
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That is beautiful. I would love to see the finish project. Great work and thanks for the share. I also love the island that you've picked.

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Thank you very much Pat.

Well, it's getting there. The outside is largely done now, and the warmer weather has got me enthused about getting the tiling done inside. I could have warmed the house before with the wood stoves, but having to continually fill them up when you are engaged in other things is a real pain.

Thanks for dropping by the thread...much more to come.
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I have been diddling...I'm one of the great all time diddlers you know...with this tile saw trying to get the water to hit the blade. There must be a reason they call it a wet saw. So far, the blade has stayed remarkably dry!

I put a piece of wood in each of the tubes, and this is what happened.
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As you can see, water came out one side, but not the other. I guess the wood was too big on that side.

Yes, the water did hit the blade on that side, but not the other. So that's no good.

Here is the splitter gadget they have to direct the water to both sides.
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This is a better pic of the first one.
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Then I tried to put a piece of wood between each tube and the casting, to see if I could get it to aim more at the blade. I restricted the flow on one side to get the pressure up a little.
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Then I tried wood behind both tubes, sorry, the previous one only had the wood behind one tube. This time with no restriction in the tubes.
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As you can see in the last shot, the water doesn't stand a chance of hitting the blade.

And this pump is adjustable to boot! I turned it up to high. Not much good.

And finally I tried this. Wood behind both sides and a bit of a restriction to see what would happen. Looks OK, right?
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Nuthin' doin'. I put the cover back on and tried it again. The water just dribbles out and is nowhere near the blade.

I thought of trying to slide the two tubes forward so they practically touched the blade...but, alas, the tubing is nowhere near long enough. In fact it didn't move ahead at all.

That might be the problem. If I can get some longer tubing and change it over, I think it will work OK.

It's either that or I hook up the fire pump to it.

I haven't seen any obvious restriction in the pump itself, but that may be the case. I have another similar pump I might try to see if there is any difference. I'll let you know.

Earlier, Shu made reference to his Chinese tile cutter. This machine does not have any country of origin on it at all. So I'm going to guess that the big letters ROK might stand for Republic of Korea. Or perhaps it means Really Old Krap.

Even the literature, which is atrocious beyond belief, doesn't say where it is from.

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