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amakarevic 05-20-2011 06:11 PM

will i need a wet saw if dealing with 1" mosaic
 
i wonder if i even need a wet saw if i'm dealing exclusively with 1" mosaic tiles. it looks like i should be able to make all adjustments with a pair of nippers.

mustangmike3789 05-20-2011 06:26 PM

it easy to shatter 1" tiles with nippers. a good tile installer can make nice smooth cuts with nippers but the small 1" tiles can be really dense and hard to cut without breaking them. i like to trim them up with the edge of the wet saw blade as if it were a belt sander.

amakarevic 05-20-2011 06:28 PM

OK... so no way of getting out of buying a wet saw for me :(

Bud Cline 05-20-2011 06:32 PM

amakarevic,
How much tile are you dealing with?
What is the tile exactly?
With nippers you will probably ruin more tile than you care to.
You don't have to buy a wet saw necessarily either.

How about a little teensy tinesy itty bitty bit more information about what you are doing?:)

amakarevic 05-20-2011 06:35 PM

i have to do TWO bathrooms in my house with 1" mosaic, ONE 15 sq ft boiler/waterheater alcove with 2" mosaic, ONE powder room with 1" mosaic, and ONE small kitchen with 1" mosaic.

the alcove and the powder room come first.

amakarevic 05-20-2011 06:38 PM

Hey Bud -- can you please check out my other thread:

http://www.diychatroom.com/f5/wet-sa...dation-105001/

thanks

mustangmike3789 05-20-2011 06:38 PM

i would suggest one of the cheap table top saws in this case. it will do all of your straigt cuts, corner cuts and trimming. kind of an all in one tool.

amakarevic 05-20-2011 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mustangmike3789 (Post 651682)
i would suggest one of the cheap table top saws in this case. it will do all of your straigt cuts, corner cuts and trimming. kind of an all in one tool.

thanks. what qualifies as a "cheap table top saw"? i submitted two MK proposals in the other thread, one for 4.5" blade one for $99 and another 7" one for $160.

Bud Cline 05-20-2011 06:43 PM

Okay now we are getting somewhere!:)

If the tile doesn't fit within the wall confines that's a lot of tile to cut. That particular type of tile is probably going to be porcelain and it is very hard to cut and hard to deal with with just tile nippers.

For a lot less money you could buy a 4" right angle grinder and a diamond blade to fit it and dry-cut and score the tiles then use the nippers to make a clean break.

I will also warn you that some of those tiles are glued to their backing with a water-soluble adhesive. If using a wet saw you must make your cuts then quickly dry the tiles front and back before they begin coming loose and dripping from the backing. They aren't all made like that but many are. Why they do that is beyond me.:)

Dry-cutting may be your best bet.

Those cheap $80 wet saws probably aren't powerful enough to cut that much porcelain conveniently anyway.:)

amakarevic 05-20-2011 06:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 651688)
Dry-cutting may be your best bet.

you mean using a grinder with a diamond blade or a manual snap cutter like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/NATTCO-PC1818-..._bxgy_hi_img_b

Bud Cline 05-20-2011 06:58 PM

A snap cutter won't work!:) Are you kidding me?:)

amakarevic 05-20-2011 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 651697)
A snap cutter won't work!:) Are you kidding me?:)

OK. so what do you mean by dry cutting - a grinder?

amakarevic 05-20-2011 07:07 PM

Bud - in short, do you think if i buy this thing, it will solve all my problems:

http://www.amazon.com/MK-Diamond-157...ref=pd_cp_hi_1

Bud Cline 05-20-2011 07:14 PM

Nope.:)

amakarevic 05-20-2011 07:23 PM

OK but what will, considering the application described earlier? and why won't this cut it?

from all that's been said, sounds like the situation for me is hopeless for cutting tile and i have a hard time reconciling with the idea that, in this day and age, i can't find a inexpensive tool that will do it...

if i'm dry cutting with a 4.5" grinder and a diamond blade, will i need a vise to hold the tile while cutting? i can't imagine it's doable holding it in your one hand while using the grinder in the other.

scratching my head...


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