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Old 06-13-2007, 10:21 AM   #16
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Oh yeah....tile face up on the wet saw.....and on a scale of 1-10....tiling 25 sq. ft is about a 2-3, maybe.

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Old 06-13-2007, 01:59 PM   #17
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Here's a wet saw for under $100.00!

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100074675

Use it, and then you can always put in on ebay after your done. Cheaper than renting, and you won't feel rushed. I used it last week, and it worked great for me.
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Old 06-14-2007, 02:41 AM   #18
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...tile should be face down so you don't catch the ridges on the bottom...
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Oh yeah....tile face up on the wet saw.....
Okay, we've got conflicting advice here. Should the tile be up or down on the wet saw? I'm not doing any tile work right now. Just wondering for future reference.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:42 AM   #19
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I always place tile face up so that the blade is rotating downward through the face of the tile...so as to not chip out the face...just like wood working. I have never seen a tile saw that rotates in the direction that would require tile to be face down. Even the little tile saws that look like a miniature table saw rotate the same direction, just from below instead of above. I spose I could be wrong, but I have cut a BUNCH of tile my way with no trouble.
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I always place tile face up so that the blade is rotating downward through the face of the tile...so as to not chip out the face...just like wood working...
Makes sense to me. Thank you for clarifying.
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I always place tile face up so that the blade is rotating downward through the face of the tile...so as to not chip out the face...just like wood working. I have never seen a tile saw that rotates in the direction that would require tile to be face down. Even the little tile saws that look like a miniature table saw rotate the same direction, just from below instead of above. I spose I could be wrong, but I have cut a BUNCH of tile my way with no trouble.
Thanks for the clarification, I was wondering about the same thing.

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Old 06-14-2007, 09:38 AM   #22
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Same experience here for tile... except for wood ... I kind of remember the facing stuff for chop miter saw and table saw give me different effect and I got to do it reverse facing when I cutting the ladder nose.... so it does not really always true facing up... kind of need to try it out... but for tiles wet saw... my experience is also face up when cuttting marbles....
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:52 PM   #23
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never tiled in my life before I got my first house (~2 months ago). I did 2 rooms, it was pretty straightforward and simple. My problems were thinking that I could 'eye it' and I didn't put down enough guidelines on teh floor (chalk lines) to make sure I was on point. That led to some sub-par edges, but all in all it was a really straight forward project.
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Old 06-14-2007, 02:13 PM   #24
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OK just to clear up what I said about face down on those cheap wet saws the tops are not very strong matter of fact its just tin.When I did my tile work on it the ridges kept catching on it and I would have to back the tile out or pick it up to unstick it which normally messed the cut up,thats why I said face down due to the type of saw you are planning on using.If it were say the sliding type or a wet saw of quality then yes I agree with the others face up I was just going by what it seamed you were planning on using and my experience with it hope I didn't mislead you
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I have found that it is not as much the cheap wet saw as don't use a cheap blade. I have used both a cheap $89 HD saw that was just fine for tiling my first tile job and a more expensive saw for my granite. The difference is I bought a expensive blade right off and it made all the difference in the world.
The way I cut round shapes is to draw it on my tile with wax pencil then make multiple cuts to line use snips to clean up to line and also pick up one of those diamond file at HD.
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curve cutting has two side, one side is easier than the other... if the curve to be cut is facing downward... (or upward in your mind) it is more difficult ... you need to score the lcutted lines besides making many vertical small strips before trying to break it... scoring the cutted lines is somthing cannot be done by the table-saw liked wet saw... I used makita 9.6 v wet saw and it works perfect... don't know how else that can be done...
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I'll throw my pennies in on this one.

I used both a cheapie wet saw ($69.00 at Lowe's) and a decent "snap" cutter.

Using porcelain tile (1/2 bath & foyer), the snap cutter could not be used, so all cuts were made with the wet saw. Including those nasty U cuts for around the plumbing.

And, FWIW, I used that same cheapie wet saw to cut all tiles for about 200sf, then loaned it to a friend who cut about 90 pieces. I then used it again to cut all the trim pieces and some wall pieces for my Master Bathroom project. Saw is still going strong.

Oh yeah.... Surface facing UP....



First thing I'd recommend?

Lay the tiles out in a dry run to see if the pattern looks like you really want before starting. Use a nice long level to help you maintain a fairly flat surface, and do use those nice plastic spacers.
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I would also measure to center of room both ways then mark with carpenter square and start there and work back that way the tile will be even on sides. make sure you have at lease 1" of material under tile or it will crack or come loose.
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Just remember you can't go with tile if you have any flex in the subfloor. Well you can be within a year the floor will look like crap. Also you don't want to put tile on plywood. Always put cement board over the plywood then the tile. In my oppion the hardest thing about tiling is the complicated cuts and the grouting. You can easily make a mess with that grout.
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yes, clean any grout residue ASAP!! The grout said 2 hours after placing it (which I have no ignored, and do immediately after putting it down). I figured that was the earliest, and waiting longer wouldn't matter. The first room I did, I had grout all over the tiles, and figured I'd clean it the next day. That stuff was on the tiles harder than you could imagine. I had to hand cut the stuff off (basically on the floor with a knife/acid solution, painstakingly cleaning every tile in the room. This took forever)

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