Cutting porcelain tiles manually
If you decided to put porcelain tiles in a small hallway, purchase a professional tool is impractical. The strength of this material depends on the manufacturer, some varieties lend themselves to hand tools.
The most simple, versatile and inexpensive tool used for cutting ceramic tile — handmade glass cutter. It can be roller or diamond. The latest cuts more accurate and better, but wears out faster.
You will need a ruler or a smooth rake. Put it along the line of the cut and press firmly to the tile line will not allow the cutter to come off to the side. During cutting the tool should be touching the surface as much as possible to gain a deeper scratch through the top layer of tiles. Try to do it in one pass, or the stoneware may crack unevenly.
Now the tiles need to break. To do this, put it on the edge of the table so that the line of the fault were slightly behind his plane. Hard pressure on the edge of the tile. If the groove was deep enough, the porcelain should break on the intended line.
Another option is the use of manual tile. This tool is on the principle of action reminiscent of the glass cutter — it also uses a roller or diamond protsarapyvajut the upper surface of the tile. But tile is easier and more efficient. Its working plane coated with a material that does not allow the tile to slip and the lever moving along the guide rails, helps to create a large enough stress.
Cutting porcelain tile is simple. Draw a marker line of the cut and place the tile on a work surface so that the cutting roller has passed strictly on line. Pressing down on the handle of the tool, swipe the cut and break the tile, using special emphasis on the working part of the tool.
Granite cutting tool
If you need to cut a large number of porcelain, much easier and more productive to use an electric tool. One of the most convenient variants — electric tile with water cooling. His diamond blade easily cuts even the most durable granite, and the water cools the disk and significantly reduces the amount of dust.
Start with the markup, causing the tile line of the future cut. Turn the instrument on and place the granite tiles on the desktop so that the disc appeared to be opposite to the applied features. The feed of blanks to the disk, you need to continuously hold it with two hands.
Despite all the convenience of electric tile, it's hardly a universal tool. Therefore, many people prefer to cut the granite grinder, which you can find many applications. Its undoubted advantage is the ability to make curved cuts.
For cutting ceramic tiles, you will need a disk with a diamond coating, designed for dry operation. Be prepared for lots of dust. Applying markings on the workpiece, place it on a sheet of plywood or particle Board to avoid damaging the surface of the table or the floor. It is recommended to secure the tile to be able to hold the tool with both hands.
Do not try to cut a tile in one pass, otherwise you can damage it. First you make shallow slits of the top layer. The formed furrow will not allow the disc to come off the grinder and ease the work, playing the role of guide. When working with a grinder be sure to observe the safety regulations! Do not open the cover, install a larger disk and use the points a shard of porcelain can injure eyes.