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Old 12-01-2010, 10:53 AM   #1
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So I need to cut a hole out of an already tiled floor to install a drain. What tool should I do to do this? I was thinking a dremel with a diamond blade would work, keeping the area wet. Any other suggestions?

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there are holesaw blades available for all types of tile , different sizes as well.Available for high speed drills rotary tools etc...Thats what i would use .

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KCB, thanks for the reply. Problem is, I know hole saws can be pretty pricey and I doubt I'd be using it more than this one time.
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Hello, Branden, I've got a couple of ideas for you. If you hole doesn't need to be round, you could use a diamond tile blade on a grinder. It's possible that the drain would cover the hole. But, I'm guessing that it does need to be round, just thought I'd throw that out there. The Dremel option is good, and you are correct about the tile blade. Something else to look at is the Dremel Trio. it functions as a plunge saw and comes with the bits you need in the kit. With the Trio you should be able to cut your circle with no problem, it will cut through the sub floor and thin set too, just let the tool do the work; no need to force it.
I work at The Home Depot in Atlanta and I get asked this question all the time, and I always tell people to go to the Dremel website (www.dremel.com) to check out the versatility of the Trio.
I'm Ray the Hammer, good luck and keep me posted
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What kind of tile is it?
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Hammer, I need to cut a round hole. I already have a dremel (I think the first one that was ever made) and can get diamond studded blades for it, just not too sure how easy/hard it'll be to use. Dremel Trio looks like a cool tool, but really don't want to buy anything too expensive right now.

mrgins, it's ceramic.
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Hammer, I need to cut a round hole. I already have a dremel (I think the first one that was ever made) and can get diamond studded blades for it, just not too sure how easy/hard it'll be to use. Dremel Trio looks like a cool tool, but really don't want to buy anything too expensive right now.

mrgins, it's ceramic.
This is what I've used to cut a lot of holes in tile. It's about $20 at Home Depot. I believe mine is a 1-3/8th. It has held up well and was worth the investment.
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Maybe you can rent a big enough diamond hole blade?
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If you go to a plumbing supply house you will be able to find a square drain---a round hole in existing tile is difficult without a hole saw.
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When I did my shower I purchased a diamond hole saw on ebay. I know it was a cheap one, but I only needed it once.
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Branden, 'tis I, The Hammer again. There is an option available for the Dremel that would make it work like a plunge saw. Check that out, it may work for you. You'll need to buy the tile bit separately, but it should do fine.
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