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How to cut tile trim

Updated November 21, 2016

Tile trim is used to cap the exposed edges of wall tile or separate floor tile from other types of flooring. It helps protect the edge of the tile from chipping or cracking and is sometimes referred to as tile edging trim. This trim is available in long strips and is made of aluminium, stainless steel or plastic. While metallic colours are more common, bright colours are also available, especially in plastic trims. Cutting tile trim can be a do-it-yourself project.

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Place the tile trim inside a mitre box. A mitre box is a wooden box with two open ends and several channels cut into the sides of the box to allow you to cut at 45- and 90-degree angles.

Secure the tile trim against one side of the mitre box. Some mitre boxes have clamps that will hold the trim in place. If you do not have clamps, wedge a piece of scrap wood between the trim and the opposite side of the mitre box to hold it in place.

Cut the trim with a hacksaw, using the channels in the mitre box. If you are cutting the trim to accommodate for a corner, cut at a 45-degree angle so that the tile trim will fit neatly into the corner.

Remove the tile trim from the mitre box and continue installation.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mitre box
  • Scrap wood
  • Hacksaw

About the Author

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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