How to Drill Slate

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How to Drill Slate
Slate tiles can reinvigorate a bathroom with old ceramic tiles. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Slate is a material used to create tiles, which are made out of thin sheets of dried mud, clay and volcanic ash. The finish on a slate tile is a natural ash that can be used on floors, walls or back splashes. Drilling a hole on a slate tile can be tricky as it will crack easily. With the right tools and directions you can safely drill a hole through a slate tile without damaging the finish.

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Things you need

  • Painters tape
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • Carbide-tipped masonry tile

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  1. 1

    Place the painters tape in the shape of an "X" on the slate tile where you want to open up the hole.

  2. 2

    Mark the tape with the marker on the spot you want to make the hole.

  3. 3

    Place the carbide-tipped masonry drill bit onto the drill. Get the drill bit straight before locking it in place or it can damage the slate finish.

  4. 4

    Place the drill on the slowest speed setting possible.

  5. 5

    Start slowly drilling on the mark placed on the tape until you pass the top layer of the slate tile. Change to a faster setting and continue until you open the hole completely through the tile.

  6. 6

    Remove the tape and blow off any dust. You can now insert a wall anchor or other device into the slate tile.

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