How to Cut a Hole Into Ceramic Tile

Written by cameron easey
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Ceramic tiles that are installed in a kitchen or bathroom may need to have holes cut out for plumbing and accessories such as a towel rack. One way to make a hole in ceramic tile is to use a power drill with a carbide drill bit. Making a larger hole typically requires the use of a specialised attachment for the drill. However, you can easily cut a larger diameter hole out of ceramic tile by just using the single bit on a power drill.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Power drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Hole saw attachment
  • Felt-tip marker
  • Hammer
  • Tile file

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Instructions

    Drill and Tap

  1. 1

    Draw a hole on the tile that needs to be cut, with a felt-tip marker.

  2. 2

    Drill holes within the circle, along the inside of the line you drew, using a power drill with a masonry drill bit. Make sure the holes are closely spaced together within the circle.

  3. 3

    Tap on the tile, within the circle of holes, lightly with a hammer. The centre of the hole should break away within a minute or two of gentle tapping.

  4. 4

    Dull the edges of the hole using a tile file.

    Hole Saw Attachment

  1. 1

    Mark the tile where the hole needs to be cut, with a felt-tip marker.

  2. 2

    Insert a carbide-tipped hole saw attachment into the power drill.

  3. 3

    Place the hole saw attachment over the mark on the tile.

  4. 4

    Press the trigger on the saw to begin slowly cutting through the tile.

  5. 5

    Maintain pressure on the power drill until the hole saw attachment has completely cut through the tile.

Tips and warnings

  • Drilling holes and tapping with a hammer can also be used to cut out square and rectangular shaped holes in ceramic tile.
  • Tapping on the tile needs to be a slow and patient process, or the tile will crack.

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