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Old 09-10-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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When cutting mosaic with a glued mesh backing on a wet saw, it seems the water is always loosening the glue and after a time the tile starts falling apart. This is very frustrating for me. Does anyone know if this only happens with a certain mesh, or a certain type of adhesive? Do others experience this, and if so have you found a solution? I've never heard this mentioned in a book or forum, yet it's a real production killer for me at times. If I immediately place the cut tile on a towel and rush it to position, it helps, but otherwise it often turns into a mess.

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If your using sheets of mosaic, why not cut the mesh and tile snips your cuts?....

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That is a huge pain---some tiles are worse than others---

This helps----place the sheet to be cut on a dry scrap of tile---cover the sheet with a sheet of card board or wax paper to keep as much spray off of the sheet as possible---then cut.

I have learned many new curse words because of this problem----idiot design---
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Tile snips or other cutters won't give nearly enough precision or clean cuts for complicated mosaics, or cutouts for outlets, cutting tiny pieces of mosaic, glass, etc etc.
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angle grinder with a diamond wheel works great. might be a little dusty but your tile won't come loose from the backing.
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Yeah I'm sure that would work. Just not as precise with the more complicated mosaics as the saw, but might be the way to go....

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