Ceramic tiles are quite fragile material. Of course, it cannot be compared with glass in this indicator, but drilling the required hole in a tile is often no easier than in a glass plate. First of all, you need to choose the right drill, because there are a sufficient number of them.
The following types of drills have been invented and created for the tile:
- Lance-shaped. A noticeable spearhead. The most common option if you need to drill a small hole in the tile, for example, for a furniture fixture. There is a double spear, it goes crosswise;
- Drill bit. This tool allows you to make even holes of different sizes;
Important! As with glass, diamond drills work best with ceramics..
- Ballerina. Unusual drill. Some people note that it is difficult to work with such, the risk of cracking the tiles increases, there is vibration. However, ballerinas allow you to drill almost perfect circular holes of various diameters if crowns are not available..
Diamond core bits are the most expensive and usually used by professionals. As a last resort, if there is no drill for tiles, you can use drill bits for concrete.
To drill holes in the tiles, electric drills and screwdrivers are used that can operate at low speeds. Do not forget about eye protection, as dust and small pieces of tile will fly during drilling.
Important! Drill at low speeds with minimal effort to reduce the risk of tile cracking.
To mark the place where you want to cut the hole, you can use a regular pencil, felt-tip pen, marker. If the tile is dark and the pencil is not visible on it, you should use masking tape, which is glued to the tile, and the future hole is already marked on it. By the way, masking tape or adhesive plaster, glued to the tile, will prevent the drill from slipping off the smooth surface..
Diamond strings are used to cut intricate holes in tiles. First, a small hole is made with a drill, then a string is inserted into it and a cut is made in the desired, pre-marked shape. The string is also convenient to work with if the hole in the tile is located at the edge. In addition, a grinder with a diamond disc can be used to cut semicircular holes at the edge of a tile. Although a drill is, of course, much preferable and more convenient.