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How to Cut Tile With a Dry Saw

Most tiling jobs require you to cut some tile to fit around fixtures or the edges of the installation. Different types of tile require different cutting tools. A dry saw is ideal for soft ceramic tile. With a dry saw, you can make a straight cut in the ceramic tile or cut a notch in the tile to make room for a fixture.

A hack saw can cut soft ceramic tile with the correct blade.

Things You Will Need

  • Pencil
  • Hack saw loaded with a rod saw blade

Most tiling jobs require you to cut some tile to fit around fixtures or the edges of the installation.  Different types of tile require different cutting tools.

A dry saw is ideal for soft ceramic tile.  With a dry saw, you can make a straight cut in the ceramic tile or cut a notch in the tile to make room for a fixture.

  1. Mark the lines you want to cut on the tile with a pencil.
  2. Place the tile to be cut on the edge of a table or work surface, with the area to be cut hanging off the edge. Press firmly on the tile to hold it in place.
  3. Cut into the tile with gentle, steady strokes of the hack saw that is loaded with a rod saw blade. Saw towards the table for stability, and reposition the tile as necessary.
  4. Warning

    Dry saws are only safe for cutting soft ceramic tile. Do not try to cut other types of tile with a dry saw, or you may damage the saw or injure yourself.

Things You Will Need

  • Pencil
  • Hack saw loaded with a rod saw blade

Warning

  • Dry saws are only safe for cutting soft ceramic tile. Do not try to cut other types of tile with a dry saw, or you may damage the saw or injure yourself.

About the Author

Jen Anderson has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has appeared in the "New York Times," "Time Out Chicago" and "The Villager." She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Brooklyn College.

Photo Credits

  • hack-saw image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com
  • hack-saw image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com