Masonry Drills Not Enough For Drilling Wall Tiles? - Kitchen & Bath Remodeling - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Remodeling > Kitchen & Bath Remodeling


CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-02-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (orange county)
Posts: 749
Rewards Points: 682
Default

Masonry drills not enough for drilling wall tiles?


I've heard that masonry drills, which I used for drilling holes in stucco and concrete, are not good for drilling holes in shower tiles, that they will crack them. I've been told I should use diamond tipped drills instead (with the circular head instead of pointy head). Is this true?

Advertisement

darsunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: ontario canada
Posts: 683
Rewards Points: 512
Default


yes, you do not want a drill to be on hammer when drilling shower tiles. you want to have a regular drill on the slowest setting. put lots of water on it and let the bit do the cutting, dont let the drill bit heat up to much and burn, just keep it wet and let it cut.

Advertisement

princelake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 06:30 PM   #3
MarginallyQualified
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 3,879
Rewards Points: 2,432
Default


Best luck I've had was with "glass" bits.
http://www.xenostone.com/xenostone_s...it/prod_6.html
Attached Images
 
TarheelTerp is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 50
Rewards Points: 25
Default


i use a hammer drill on these all the time

only cracked a tile once

i tried glass and tile bits, and it took me 20 minutes to drill the hole, next hole i used a hammerdrill (hilti te6) and it took all of 6 seconds. my applications are commercial though, and generally thicker/tougher tile than what is probablly in a residence.
sevenlol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 01:16 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (orange county)
Posts: 749
Rewards Points: 682
Default


Sounds like cutting shower tile is much more difficult than I thought.
darsunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 01:17 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (orange county)
Posts: 749
Rewards Points: 682
Default


But it sounds like you don't really need a diamond bit drill ($19) if you are patient.
darsunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 04:51 AM   #7
DIY staff

 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 25,686
Rewards Points: 2,090
Default


I buy my diamond bit from Hong Kong for less that $2.00 each (EBAY)
Only good for two holes--

I ,too, have used a masonry bit and hammer drill on porcelain tiles-No failures yet-

A diamond bit is the proper tool---
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 09:18 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NY lower Hudson Valley
Posts: 228
Rewards Points: 186
Default


Quote:
Originally Posted by darsunt View Post
Sounds like cutting shower tile is much more difficult than I thought.
If they are ceramic tiles, soft clay with a glaze, it's easy to drill and cut. If they are porcelain tiles, it's harder to cut and especially harder to drill and diamond bits are needed.

Advertisement

zircon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Basement Concrete Wall Framing Against Stairs Epicsoccer Remodeling 7 01-13-2013 03:11 PM
Sanded or unsanded grout for the shower surround wall tiles? nitting Tiling, ceramics, marble 10 11-30-2012 08:45 AM
swap out bath wall tiles: re-tile or remove backerboard NJoytheRide Building & Construction 8 04-16-2011 07:52 AM
New opening in masonry wall Jeepsail Building & Construction 2 01-17-2010 02:50 PM
Wall - LOAD BEARING: How to Move? user49172 Building & Construction 1 03-11-2009 04:48 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

 

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1