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Old 12-17-2017, 08:39 PM   #1
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Cutting Kitchen Tile - Use Angle Grinder?


Hello,

I'm trimming some tile to be able to fit a micro in.

My first thought is to use my angle grinder with a diamond cutting blade. Would that work well?

I'm a little nervous about cracking the tiles ... will this get too hot?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks,

L
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Re: Cutting Kitchen Tile - Use Angle Grinder?


Angle grinder with a dry cut diamond blade.

It will be dusty.

Any chance you can pad out the top so you don’t have to cut the tile?

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Angle grinder with a dry cut diamond blade.

It will be dusty.

Any chance you can pad out the top so you donít have to cut the tile?

Tom
Excellent - thanks.

Yes, I have been planning to have a dust mask and to mask the area off with 1 mil or painter's plastic.

I didn't think about padding the top - that's a great idea - although it may require an additional trip to the hardware store. I'm not sure about the micro measurements - I may be able to check.

Is there much risk of cracking the tile? I think that's my main concern.

Also, what's a reasonable price or time projection if anyone has one?

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I would be inclined to remove them (no indoor grinder dust), cut, reinstall and grout. The end cuts could be dealt with using a dremel and some cheap diamond burrs from HF

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I would be inclined to remove them (no indoor grinder dust), cut, reinstall and grout.
Gotcha - thanks.

I'm not super experienced with tiling and don't want to mess too much with grout color matching, so I'd probably just rather cut it ...

I appreciate the suggestion.

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Perfect - thanks!

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Very minute risk of cracking a tile.

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Very minute risk of cracking a tile.

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Excellent - thank you Sir.

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How much time would you estimate this would take with an angle grinder?

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It will take a lot less time to cut than to clean up the dust. Make a plastic bubble to contain the dust in as small an area as possible. Run a vac right up against the wheel while you're cutting. I'm assuming you don't have an air filtration system to run which is what we would do.

Almost no risk of breaking the tile with them being set and well supported.

All that being said, Tom's idea of adding 1/2" (approximately) material over the wall to pack out your bracket in front of the tile is your best option.
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Is this cut going to reach the bottom of the cabinets, or be a bit higher? I don't see a grinder in that tight space as the safe way to go. Too much dust and too much risk if it gets away from you or hits the cabinet or countertop. Chip them out and cut outside. Grout is cheap, and that one looks easy to match.

Or get a different microwave.
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With or without experience with an angle grinder on installed tile I would fur it out regardless.
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I had a similar job
I cut the tiles with my dremel tool on the straight with my hepa vac in hand. Scored the grout lines again with my oscillater tool and grout disc remover. Then I popped off the tiles cleaned them up and re installed after I installed the Mic.
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Buy a 3/8” handi-panel from Lowes or Home Depot and shim the mic. out from the tile.
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Why go to all that work (grinding/cutting) and have a mess ?

Fur it out, install the mount and hang that sucker. And be done with it.
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Why go to all that work (grinding/cutting) and have a mess ?

Fur it out, install the mount and hang that sucker. And be done with it.


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Re: Cutting Kitchen Tile - Use Angle Grinder?


Hi Everyone,

The clients don't want to fur it out - the micro is actually flush with the cabinets, and the vent would have to be re-done.

With everyone chiming in, I'm definitely tempted to pop them off and cut outside ...

I just moved and sold my tile saw, so it might be the angle grinder after all, or I'll could just but another tile saw ...

Thank you for all your feedback!

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Correction: "buy another tile saw"

I think I'm just going to build a solid bubble (double it if I need to) and be careful with the grinder.

I will update you after Thurs. Thanks.

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I recently had to cut a tile countertop and I used the little 3 3/8 Makita 12v saw with a diamond blade and a spray bottle of water aim at the blade. Worked very well with no dust.


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