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Drilling into tiles
I'm putting some shelves up in the kitchen and was wondering if anybody had any advice on drilling through ceramic tile?
Clearly I need a ceramic drill bit but any other advice would be cool.
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You can use a masonary drill - as has been suggested use the smallest first and go bigger. Use tape to give the drill bit something to get a 'key' to rather than the bit skating all over the place.
I strongly suggest that you do not use 'hammer' action on the drill. Once you are through the outer glaze, tiles are very soft.
1. Use a sharp knife (Stanley or tile cutter to mark a cross where you want to drill, this will destroy the surface glaze and stop the drill from slipping.
2. By hand rotate the drill bit backwards to make a pilot hole to locate the point where you want to drill through. As others have said the tile is very soft and does not require any pressure to drill through.
3. Start the power drill rotating slowly and gradually work your way through the tile.
4. If the required hole length is deep enough you might need to drill into the concrete, brick, block or plasterboard under the tile. Only if necessary start to use the hammer drill.
1. Use tape or plaster to stop drill bit sliding
2. Use a ceramic tile bit - about �8 - better and cheaper than cracking the tiles.
3. I used a hand drill as I was a bit nervous - no problem.
4. Push wallplugs through the tile so they don't expand in it which could crack the tile.
PS I would avoid a hammer drill for this job.