Of course! It's still sitting next to the computer. ;-)
It sounds like you've been here, so I hope I don't seem like a fool,
but floor tile is *HARD*. I had no problem cuttign a 4" hole in wall tile
for a dryer vent in the laundry with a RotoZip, circle cutter, and carbide
bit. The floor tile just laughed at that setup (and the carbide bit got
So... The only way I managed to cut the holes for the toilets (this is
the second of three bathrooms) was the "death of a thousand cuts", with
the wet saw and nippers. At least the upstairs bathroom hole went through
four tiles. The downstairs was 90% in one tile. While this isn't
impossible, it is a PITA.
You could bring a difficult piece like that to a stained glass place.
They have diamond bandsaws with extremely thin blades. They can do
scroll work in the tile if you'd like. They might charge you $20, but
it's worth it if you don't have the tools or inclination to do it other
Not sure how your layout lined up, but typically you have enough slop (the
hole is a lot smaller than the toilet above) that you can just use some
straight lines and approximate it.
Even the "nibble away with a wet saw" shouldn't have taken too long, if you
have a halfway decent wet saw (my cheapo Harbor Freight one does this sort
of thing with no problem). The hardest cut I've seen was getting 1/2"
marble trimmed around the radius-edge of the tub in our old house. I laid
out the cut and let my wife do it <grin>. She's a lot more detail-oriented
than me, and took probably a thousand trips down to the garage, nibbed off a
little, came up, test-fit it, repeat ad-infitim...
On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 18:03:15 -0500, Tim Fischer wrote:
Sure, there is slop, but as a non-professional I don't know how much. The
flange is 7" diameter, so there is no way the toilet base is less than
that. Is it 8"? 12"? Where does it really sit? Where is the weight?
I wanted the hole as small as possible and centered on, well, the hole.
It's a cheapo BORG one, that I've had for five years or so. I've seen the
HF unit on line and would have bought that (cheaper, larger, and legs).
This is a MK-Diamond unit that cost me about $250. It works fine, but to
cut the toilet hole still takes the better part of an hour. The
downstairs one longer, since it was 90% in one tile. More cuts, fewer
angles (broke the first attempt). The circular blade doesn't cut
verticallly, either. Back-cutting... Not impossible, just a PITA, as I
I'd be wearing not only the marble, but the saw (still running).
Oh, we did, actually. It's just that she learns from me, and I subscribe to
the "it's easier to take more off then put more on" theory (or as I put it
with woodworking -- "easier to cut twice than stretch it..."
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