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Discuss Cutting U Shape Bit From Tile in the DIY Tiling Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

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  1. Retroelec

    Retroelec Active Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Thanks for the advice so far.
    I have to cut a U shape piece that will slot around a stud wall at the end of the shower tray.
    I have 600 x 300 porcelain tiles and this is the only one i need to cut a slot out of as all the rest have been done with the score and snap cutter.
    I have tried one of those hand tile saws but would be there all year I have a angle grinder though would this do it?
    They are 12mm thick and the cut doesn't need to be perfect as skirting or a wall tile will cover it.
    If this way will cost me more in broken tiles than a electric saw do you have any cheap ones that you would recommend as I will only be needing it for this cut as hire of one is £40.00 for one day anyway?
     
  2. pdc

    pdc Living the dream..... Professional Tiler

    Drill holes in the corners then use the angle grinder to cut up to and between the holes.
     
  3. Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall

    Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall [Experienced DIY] Top Contributor

    Location:
    Cheshire
  4. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    For a first timer with an angle grinder, personally wouldn’t recommend a continuous rim blade, you could trash it in 30 secs with porcelain and still not achieve your cut.
    My choice would be a mesh type blade, they’re readily available now and relatively inexpensive and you will manage the cut, first timer or not.

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    Depending on width of your cut out, will depend on cut out method, but asPaul says above, you should really drill the corners first to help eliminate unwanted cracks appearing.
    Then either follow your outline as Paul suggests, or if you’re unable to turn your blade perpendicular to the parallel cuts because of its narrow width, use your slide cutter to join the dots (drill holes) at the top of your cut out, but do not snap and run the blade up to this line every 10mm or so creating lots of parallel cuts.
    Once done, typically you can just tap them out and then tidy the end line up with your blade.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2018
  5. Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall

    Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall [Experienced DIY] Top Contributor

    Location:
    Cheshire
    @3_fall@3_fall is this good for the angle grinder as well as the slide cutter ?

    Any concerns over a thin blade in this case ? And is there a locally available blade suggestion ?
     
  6. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    SW London
  7. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member

    Location:
    Salisbury
    I think you misunderstand when he says slide cut he probably means something like sigma 3c3m rather than sigma 8ce with grinder attachment
     
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  8. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Yes a score and snap cutter as Jerry pointed out.
    Thank you Jerry.
     
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  9. Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall

    Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall [Experienced DIY] Top Contributor

    Location:
    Cheshire
  10. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member

    Location:
    Salisbury
  11. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    No confusion Julian, if the angle grinder blade won’t fit between the parallel cuts, join the holes with the slide cutter, and continue with parallel cuts with grinder to create small strips. Tap out.
     
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  12. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    SW London
    Well to be fair Jerry, I am only 5’8” :)
     
  13. Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall

    Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall [Experienced DIY] Top Contributor

    Location:
    Cheshire
  14. Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall

    Julian 'Farmer' Bonsall [Experienced DIY] Top Contributor

    Location:
    Cheshire
    I was being polite - I wasn't sure where the other cutter was coming from to fit the disc in. sorry.
     
  15. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member

    Location:
    Salisbury
    You said it was just to avoid confusion for the poster . Or something like that .
     
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