Porcelain tiles are beautiful, but some times you need to hang a bathroom shaving cabinet, a mirror, soap dish, towel rails, or maybe other beauty products holder. Do you want to learn how to drill into porcelain tiles? This article will help you by providing simple steps that would be very important in your drilling.
Before doing so, you must first know what kind of materials you will need in order to perform the task. Here are the tools you will need:
- RCD Breaker
- Drill Bits of Diamond Core (High Quality)
- Masonry Drill Bits (Included w/ quality drill bits)
- Drill Bit of Carbide Pilot ( you can use this if you will drill 13-mm hole or larger holes)
- Equipment for Water Cooling
- Drilling Device
- Safety Glasses or Goggles
Another thing that you should think about with drilling porcelain tiles, is the hole sizes you require. This is fairly important for the size or diameter of the hole will determine how large the drill bit you need.
After determining the diameter of the holes you need to drill and preparing the tools you need, you can start to drill the porcelain tiles. Make sure to wear you safety goggles to keep your eye away from debris as well as avoidance of electric shock with RCD.
These proceeding steps would be for holes about 10mm or less in diameter with diamond cores.
- Put an indicator at the hole’s center. You can either use a sticky tape or simply a lead pencil.
- Get the correct size of the diamond core bit. Then, attach it to the electric drill. Make sure that there is a supply of water from the cooling equipment, at a constant. (Water cooling equipment is important in keeping it sure that there is a constant cool temperature in the diamond core bit and this will prevent debris while drilling the hole. Avoid using handheld aspirator or wet sponge, for these do not give enough coolant to the diamond core bit.)
- Your drill must be positioned between 1000 & 1500 rpm. Preferring the marker as your marking tool, it is most appropriate to use the “Leaning In” method.
*Method of Leaning In- With an angle, start your drilling. As you see the drill cuts the tile, your drill must be in horizontal position. Make sure that there is sufficient pressure applied and rotate the drill until the hole is completely drilled.
*Method using Sticky tape- Place sticky tape on the wall where you want the hole. This will help to stop the drill bit from slipping.
- Tip- I received an excellent tip from www.tfo.com.au. Once the hole has started, don’t use too much pressure let the drill do the work.