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How to Cut Limestone Tile

Updated February 21, 2017

Limestone tiles are an excellent alternative for any homeowner who desires the look of natural stone but finds that granite or marble aren’t quite what they are seeking. Limestone is one of the most interesting natural stones, because it is made primarily of calcium. The sort of this calcium is the remains of small marine organisms that lived where the sedimentary rock is found generations ago. In this way, installing limestone in your home is like installing a piece of history. Cutting your limestone tiles properly during installation is one way to guarantee their lasting beauty.

Choose a solid, flat surface outdoors on which to set up your diamond wheel tile cutter. Draw your planned cuts onto the tile with chalk or a pencil; do not use any substance on the tile that cannot be washed off later. Put on safety glasses and some heavy gloves and cover your nose and mouth with a paper mask if your tiles throw off fine particles.

Fill the trough of the tile cutter to the top with water. Turn the tile cutter on for a few moments and allow the blade to become lubricated with water. Turn the cutter off and place the tile on the platform.

Position the tile so the blade sits just at the edge of the first marked cut, but is not touching the tile. Keep the safety guard bar as close to the tile as you can. Do not place your hand in the middle of the tile where the blade might snag it, but keep it well to the side as you guide.

Turn on the tile cutter and slowly push the tile against the blade so that it cuts through the tile. Turn off the cutter before attempting to remove the tile pieces from the platform. Finish making all needed cuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Diamond wheel tile cutter
  • Chalk or pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Heavy gloves
  • Paper mask
  • Water
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About the Author

Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.