How to Cut Thin Ceramic Tile Trim

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Ceramic tile is a durable construction material that is used for floors, walls and countertops. It is available in a multitude of colours, shapes and sizes, including smaller trim pieces. Ceramic tile trim is installed along the edges of counters, walls and floors to provide a more finished look to the installation. Because tile trim is typically thinner than other tiles, it can be cut without the use of power tools.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Tile snapper

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    Hold a piece of ceramic tile trim in the position where you want to install it, and use a pencil to mark where it requires cutting. If you can't fit the tile into the area easily, use a tape measure to determine the size of the area, and transfer it onto the tile with the pencil.

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    Grasp the handle on top of the tile cutter, and pull it toward you as far as it will go.

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    Insert the ceramic tile trim into the cutter so that it lies under the metal bar. Push the tile as far from you as possible on the cutter. Align the pencil mark on the tile with the cut line on the cutter, which is typically in the centre of the base.

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    Grasp the top handle, and lift it up. Push it forward until it reaches the lower edge of the tile trim.

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    Lower the handle, and push it forward along the tile. You should hear a scraping sound as you do this.

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    Lift up on the handle, and pull the ceramic tile trim out of the cutter. The tile should now be in two pieces.

Tips and warnings

  • Tile snappers are also called tile cutters.
  • Some tile cutters require that you score the tile two or three times before it cuts all the way through.

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