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Old 06-22-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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I was going to start the installation of my ditra and tile today but im having a problem. I will be installing a heat register on teh floor in the room later on this year. I was wondering how hard it would be to cut a tile that is laid and thinset to the floror to add a heat register to?

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Cut the hole now and lay the tile around it.

You don't want to be cutting that hole after the tile is in place if it isn't totally necessary and you are equipped to do so.

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Problem is I dont know exactly where it will be cause the joist in the floor. I know it would only affect 1 or 2 tiles against the wall, so i was thinking using a Rotozip with a tile bit and taking my time. Once I am through the tile i can remove it slowly, to preventfrom breaking other tiles, and then use a sawsalls to cut the floor.
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Problem is I dont know exactly where it will be cause the joist in the floor.
You know where the floor joists are now!



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I know it would only affect 1 or 2 tiles against the wall,
Leave out those tiles.


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...so i was thinking using a Rotozip with a tile bit and taking my time.
You're kidding yourself there. Those tile bits won't cut floor tile.
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You know where the floor joists are now!
Well i wont know where the joinst are until i start my reno in the kitchen, bellow the washroom. The wife wants the tiles in fast enough, I explained the problem with me wanting to add a heat register, so she asked me if I can add it after the tiles are laid.

Whats the worst that can happen if i try to cut them once isntalled? Would somekind of disk grinder work for cutting the installed tile? If i break the tile, is it a big job just to remove that tile itself and replace it, once i cut it to the right size?
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Go for it!!!
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When installing laminate floor or wood floor, if the tile is on a curve, the installers have to cut the tile straight. I don't know what they use, but it can be done.
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Good luck and when you cut the tiles inside, be prepared for a BIG mess

Life will be easier if you plan ahead. I'm just sayin....
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I know what you guys mean, I will try to plan ahead and make my register hole before i tile. What about drilling a hole in the tiles? Im installing a bifold door for the storage in teh washroom, and ill need to install that little bracket on the floor. Is drilling 1 or 2 holes in tile very hard?
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Is drilling 1 or 2 holes in tile very hard?
No but a special drill bit will be needed.
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