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Old 01-23-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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How to cut small tiles (kitchen backsplash)?


I am working on kitchen backsplash. Even I used small pieces tiles but still I am stuck and can't continue grouting as area across switch boxes are not finished yet.
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i need to cut these small tiles to fit across boxes.
existing wall plates don't cover all no-tiles ares. renting big saw m/c from homedepot don't seems to convinient.
please suggest ASAP.

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Old 01-26-2011, 02:51 PM   #2
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You need a wet saw. This video demonstrates how to do it..

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/vide...639380,00.html

Around minute 4 is when he deals with a problem like yours.

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If what you will be cutting will be covered with switch plates etc., I would try a pair of tile nippers first. Since it will be covered, it doesn't have to be perfect. If it breaks in the wrong direction, simply cut it out of the mesh and try another piece.
If the cuts will be visible, a tile saw would give a neater edge.

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If its ceramic tile, tile nippers will work, if its glass tile you will need a wet saw.
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There are different sizes of plate covers too. Maybe a larger one would cover any irregularities you would get with just nipping the tiles. The best plate cover I've seen combined with mosaic tiles like this was a wooden one that was hand painted with a design that continued the rows of tiles across the plate. It practically disappeared.
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Consider buying a little 4" wet saw---that is all you need and they are cheaper than renting--

Those tiles are a hard porcelain and are difficult to nip----Mike---
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I have just recently finished a fireplace front with small glass mosaic tiles, and yes, you can use a nipper to nip away at the tile.

With the nippers though, you have to start with a little sliver at a time. You cannot try to nip a large area all a once. If you do a little at a time you can do it with the nippers. I did a switch plate also. Same as what you are doing.

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looks like the recept is now locked in by the bowed tile on left. I would fix those tile also
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Use a 4" inch grinder with a demand blade it will cut just fine, if the tiles are fair small run some masking tape along where you want to cut
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Would a dremel tool with a diamond blade work as well? Just curious.
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The Dremel with with a diamond blade would do it eventually,I'm sure--but the number of blades used up would probably be surprising.
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You can mark the tiles where you want them cut, bring them to a good tile store (that sells only tiles) some of these stores will cut them for very little. It will be a clean cut. Or you could nip as suggested.
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Yes you can use a 4 wet saw to cut your tiles and harbor freight has one for sale at $ 44.99 here is the link: http://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-tile-saw-with-wet-tray-3733.html or if you have patience you can use nippers and specialty tools to finish the job.

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