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01-13-2003, 11:10 AM
I would like to make an "S" curve in my tile where it will meet the carpet and would like to know the best method of cutting a small radius in 12" tiles. The transition from tile to carpet is about 8' wide and to make a radius each tile will need to have a small curved cut. What type of saw is best for this and how would one accomplish this. Thanks

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01-13-2003, 11:36 AM
Hi, Tony, welcome!

If you are making a "s" curve over an 8 foot span, the radius would be something like 3-4 feet?

Anyway, you could use a tile saw and nippers to make the concave cuts, and just the tile saw to do the convex cuts.


How are you planning to transition between tile and carpet?

Derek & Jacqui
01-13-2003, 02:49 PM
Use an angle grinder with a diamond blade.

John Bridge
01-13-2003, 09:04 PM
Welcome, Tony. :)

01-14-2003, 07:36 AM
Ive gotta go with derek & Jackie on this one. Grinder makes it much easier.Dusty though so do it outside :)

06-05-2003, 12:27 PM
Asked earlier -- but what did you do for the transition between tile and carpet? I have the exact same situation - curved tile-to-carpet.

And what did you do to tack/adhere the carpet where the tile meets? In my situation I will have to cut the carpet where there is no existing seam.

- Chris

06-05-2003, 01:13 PM
I agree with Derek and Jacqui ; use the grinder...


06-05-2003, 03:14 PM
I build a transition between the carpet and tile so the carpet height is slightly above the tile. then I cut small pieces of tack strip so that they match the radius in the tile then stretch the carpet up to it and tuck it into the tile. depending on the height some times you may need to take your transitiopn back 2 1/2 t0 3 feet so that the rise is not detectible when walked on.

06-05-2003, 04:59 PM
i did a double " s " curve over about 30 feet long, i used the wet saw mostly, cause it was cold up here in yankee land. he he he

i think the hardest thing about them is laying out the cut line. the arc's are so big that it rules out using a string, the tighter the curve gets, the tuffer the carpet tuck will be, we used a cardboard template, i set all tiles except for cuts, then dry layed all cuts in and left them for clients approval, then set

06-05-2003, 05:03 PM
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06-05-2003, 07:31 PM
Brian, next time try using a Garden hose.Lay it in and change around to suit.when you have it where you want it,add a couple pieces of duct tape to hold it and draw in the radius with a pencil.Its quick and easy and an excellant use for the old hose cut into varying lengths!!Try it, you'll like it.Its fast and easy.:)

06-05-2003, 07:46 PM
Make sure the tackless pieces are close enough to the tile, a little thinner than the thickness of the carpet is the gully size you want, no more than 3/8" . A little Laytex or seam sealer squirted into the gully first will keep that edge from unraveling. Don't go crazy with that stuff though, a little goes a long way. Keep in mind that understretched carpet will not last as long as it should, even if it doesn't bubble, so get it drum tight.