Kitchen Remodeling
 

Learn How to Cut Ceramic Tile
By: Carlo Morelli

 

Ceramic tiles can be used throughout the house to add an extra element of design to any room. You can put ceramic tiles behind the stove to add a decorative accent to the kitchen. You can put them in various places in the bathroom and other places throughout the house. In order to install the ceramic tile yourself, you need to learn essential skills. The most important skill is how to cut ceramic tile. Here is some advice.

When learning how to cut ceramic tile, you need to first understand that there are some safety considerations. You must always wear goggles. When you cut ceramic tiles, dust forms and it may have sharp edges. If this dust lodges in your eyes, it can cause some damage. Also make sure you learn and use the proper technique when using power tools to prevent injury.

The next step to take when learning how to cut ceramic tile is to measure the area where you will put the tile. Calculate exactly how many tiles you will need and figure out how many tiles need to be cut. Remember that you will need to take into account the space needed for the grout when making your calculations.

Once you measure, you are ready to start cutting the ceramic tile. You can either use a tile cutter or tile jig. If you decide to use a tile cutter, measure the area to be cut. Use the tile cutter to make an indentation in the tile. Take a straight edge and hold it next to the cut. Move the tile cutter up and down the straight edge to make the indentation deeper. Once it is deep enough, slowly work the tile back and forth in your hands or with a pair of pliers to eventually break the pieces in half. If you decide to use the tile jig, remember to use proper safety procedure and to follow the manufacturer?s instructions.

Learning how to cut ceramic tile is a valuable skill. Ceramic tiles are a great way to add accents to any room. Remember to use proper safety techniques and wear goggles. Before you begin cutting, make sure you measure and learn the proper use for your tools.

Carlo Morelli writes for http://www.onlineTips.org , where you can read about installing ceramic tileand kitchen tile pros and cons.