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Learn how to cut tiles for your floor and home improvement projects with this step-by-step DIY tutorial presented by expert ...
contractor Mark Le Mon.
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Hi! I’m Mark Le Mon Project Manager and you’re learning how to tile.
I’m going to show you the basics on using a wet saw. I’m going to cut four different types of materials. I’m going to show you how to make corners on a natural stone, and to smooth and polish them. Okay, here we go. Don’t forget your safety glasses.
First thing we’re going to do, we’re going to cut a ceramic. It’s pretty simple. You make your markings for where you’re going to be cutting. In this case, I’ve got it pre-set, turn in your wet saw, and proceed to cut nice and slowly.
As you can see, it gives you a nice edge. If you need to make more cuts and use smaller pieces of tile, you can also shape the corners of your tile and use those for edge cuts. Alright, let’s move on to porcelain. The difference with porcelain tiles is most of the time the color will go all the way through so you can actually get a better corner on the porcelain tile. Okay, here we go.
Now I’m going to show you how to cut an angle in your tile. You’re going to make your markings for the distance where you have one corner coming to the second corner. You’re going to make your L-cut into the tile. There are two different methods for doing this. In this case, you’re going to release the lock on your saw. You will lift it up and cut down into the tile at the corner you want. Then you’ll lock it down again and you come up the edge to match where that line meets. Give it a lift up, the piece will fall off, do your cleaning. Here we go.
When you do it like that, you’re going to perfect that every time. Naturally grinded is the same all the way through, you can easily make edges on this. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to cut a small piece then I’m going to show you how you could do a nice rounded edge.
So you want to take your belt sander. You want to take this tile and you want to go with the grain of the sand paper. I am just going down and do a nice, smooth rotation up into the sandpaper just like that. Just probably get with the grain of the tile. And there you have your rounded edge and now we’re going to smooth that down using a 200 grit sanding sponge. Dip in water, I’m going to go back and forth then you want to go lengthwise with the edge. And do the finish polish on the side edge, give it a rinse and there you have a nice finish edge for your granite.
Now you’re going to learn how to do a miter cut. First thing you want to do is set your saw depending on the miter that you’re going to use in this case. I’m going to use a 90. So we’re going to go 45 and 45. You want to lift your blade, rotate it into position, lock it down, bring your blade back down, lock them in position. Set your guide, in this case, it’s going to be an outside corner so you flip your tile upside down, lock it down.
Now you’ve cut one half of your outside corner, we’re going to do the same thing with the opposite side, we’re going to flip it over again and we’re going to match these two up.
When you place this on the wall, you have your outside corner perfectly mitered to 90 degrees.