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Hi all,

first of all i don't know whether i have Ceramic or porcelain tiles.

also if you could help me identify which type i have, what is the best method for drilling them or technique to avoid cracking them?

Is it fairly simple too do or a nightmare?

just encase you haven't already guessed i a not a tradesman.

thanks for your help.
 
Generally I’ve always either used a glass/tile drill bit to just get through the top layer of the tile the switch to combi drill for the wall or use my sds drill on the non hammer setting and just go gently.
 

Wilko

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Hi - what size hole do you need?
Perhaps put “tile drill” into a search engine and you’ll see plenty of options at the usual outlets. Soft tiles may be done with hardened steel bits, which are just a £few each. But you’ll likely need a diamond based cutter if it’s a hard tile. If you’ve a spare tile I’d have a trial run :) .
 

Pete999

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Stick some masking tape over the point you want to drill if it's a small hole, and don't have your drill in the hammer mode, if you have speed control use the lowest setting.
 

KEV 1 N

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Most good quality masonry drill bits will drill ceramic tiles no bother (hammer action off)
Porcelain or glass tiles however will require a special diamond tile drill bit.
 
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Hi - what size hole do you need?
Perhaps put “tile drill” into a search engine and you’ll see plenty of options at the usual outlets. Soft tiles may be done with hardened steel bits, which are just a £few each. But you’ll likely need a diamond based cutter if it’s a hard tile. If you’ve a spare tile I’d have a trial run :) .
i want to put up some roller blinds so the hole wont be that big
 

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I have used bosch multi construction bits on tiles before and armeg twisters and tile drills if you only want a small hole. I've killed 5 drill bits on one hole before trying to fit a lit mirror as well when someone used floor tiles that were hard as [email protected]@k on the walls! :grin:
 

Strima

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Keep the bit cool by dunking it in water regularly, take it slowly and don’t buy cheap bits.
 

NDG Elecs

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Also make sure you knock the rawlplug thru the tile before you put the screw in otherwise the plug will expand and break the tile.
I've drilled and plugged hundreds of holes and never had this occur once. If the plug is flush with the tile (as a minimum) then the bit that pushes out and expands laterally is deeper and beyond the tile usually.
 

PEG

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If you search ebay,you can find the type and colour of your tile,and purchase one,with the correct size hole,already drilled,in the right place.
It is then a simple case of replacing the original tile,with the supplied tile,obviously aligning the ready drilled hole,with the hole you have drilled in your wall.

When the tile adhesive has set,it is then a doddle,to fit a plug,and fix the accessory,desired.

What i am short of,is a head-guard,as them short-sighted fools on Dragon's den,keep slamming the door in my face....;)
 
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