When it comes to frameless shower door installations, it can be difficult and time consuming for glaziers to drill through harder surfaces such as porcelain tile and granite. As a solution, Porcelaindrillbit.com is proud to introduce its new line of Super Drill Bits.
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Drilling into Tiles: Step-by-Step
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to drill into tile. Keep in mind that every project is different, and these are general guidelines and may vary depending on the tile you’re using and what you’re installing.
- Start by putting on your safety goggles to protect your eyes from any tile shards or dust.
- If you’re working in a finished room, start by protecting the areas around the tile with towels or other coverings. Spare bits of tile can damage surrounding surfaces, and this will make it easier to clean up any tile dust left behind.
- If you’re drilling into loose tile, place a piece of scrap wood behind it as a backing.
- Use masking or painter’s tape to make an X on the tile over where you want to drill. Use a pencil to mark the exact spot you want to drill on the tape. The tape will help keep the tile and glaze from cracking. If you’re drilling into stone or porcelain tile, use a second layer of tape. This will also keep the drill bit from wandering and potentially damaging your tile.
- Insert your drill bit into the drill and lock it in. Always check your drill to make sure it’s on the “normal” drilling. Accidentally using the “hammer” setting will ruin your tile.
- Power on your drill. Using moderate speed and pressure, begin drilling at the point marked on your tile. Be patient because increasing speed or pressure will crack the tile. Maintain consistent speed until you feel the drill bit perforate the back side of the tile. Release pressure on the drill as soon as the drill bit comes through the tile; this will help to create a clean hole. If you’re drilling into installed tile, continue drilling through the backer board. If your drill bit overheats, stop the drill and dip the bit into water.
- Remove the drill from the hole and turn the power off.