I intend to make a tile backsplash for my kitchen using 1" x 1" x 5/16"
thick glass tile (in 12" x 12" sheets) mounted to 1/2" thick Hardibacker.
1) What's the best way to cut the Hardibacker in perfectly sraight cuts, a
2) Should Hardibacker be mounted on the wall with drywall screws like it's
3) What's the best way to cut glass tile to create a straight cut with
little or no breakage?
4) The area I'm covering is approx. 14 sq/ft. Any surprises I need to
Thanks for any advice!
A wet tile saw. Use a Dremel for odd corners.
Nothing will go the way you expect. Practice on scraps first to get a feel
for the materials.
Don't use a notched trowel (the groves show thru the glass).
One option: Cut glass tile with a score and snap tile cutter. For
something as small as 1x1 tiles, either hope you don't have a lot of
cutting or maybe someone has a better alternative.
They sell special screws for the backer board. Green. Drywall are
probably too brittle.
Don't use a standard wood blade to cut the board.
My couple cents
On Tue, 24 Jun 2008 19:38:20 -0500, Crabshell
If these tiles are the ones made by Dal tile or American Olean that have
a white epoxy coating on the back, you don't need to worry about the
notched trowel because you can't see through the tiles.
I just finished a tub surround where I had an 8" X 11' band of these
tiles as an accent. It is almost impossible to cut these tiles cleanly.
I tried my diamond wet saw and it got about 3/4 of the way through then
chipped badly. There are diamond blades made specifically for glass
which might work better. A regular score and snap tile cutter might work
but 1" is small. I found I could adjust my tile layout so I didn't have
to cut any of the 1" tiles. Over a five foot span, I could squeeze them
together a little and that worked fine. One section I could stretch just
a little. Although the tiles are approx. 7/8" square with a 1/8" grout
line, they are not perfectly uniform so that helps mask any minor
irregularities in the layout. I did have to cut the 1/2" X 6" liner
tiles I used as a border and found the score and snap method worked well
One problem I had was once the sheets were up, they started to sag. I
was anticipating this and was ready with shims, a lot of them. I found
that for my tiles, lengths of .085" and .095" round string trimmer line
cut into 1" lengths worked well.
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