How to Cut Porcelain Floor Tiles Cheap & Easy

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How to Cut Porcelain Floor Tiles Cheap & Easy
You can create great patterns with porcelain tile. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you have a small project or a tight budget, you might not want to invest in renting an expensive wet tile saw. A wet tile saw looks like a large mitre saw, has a powerful motor, uses a masonry blade and keeps the tile wet while you cut. There are alternatives that will allow you to cut porcelain floor tiles cheap and easy. A hand tile cutter allows you to make straight cuts on porcelain without a huge investment because the tool requires you to manually make the cuts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Square
  • Hand tile cutter

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  1. 1

    Place a line on the porcelain tile that marks the location where you need to cut the tile. Use a square to help you draw a straight line.

  2. 2

    Place the tile on the rubber bed of the hand tile cutter and butt the end of the tile up against the stop. Adjust the stop so the line you drew on the tile lines up with the arrow indicator on the side of the cutter.

  3. 3

    Push down on the handle to hold the tile from moving and then slide the cutting wheel across the face of the tile. This scores a line across the surface of the tile glaze. This step does not cut the tile in half.

  4. 4

    Press down harder on the handle to snap the tile at the scored line. The handle has a T-shaped breaker bar on it that presses against the tile and cause a break at the scored line.

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