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Unread 06-05-2022, 05:46 PM   #1
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Tile cutting question

Hi all - what's the best way to cut the attached shape on a 24x12 ? The cut edges will all be exposed. I don't have an angle grinder but was thinking of getting one.

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Unread 06-05-2022, 06:13 PM   #2
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Yep, you can use a wet saw to make the short cuts...but the long cut is easier to do on a grinder with a decent blade. You can pick up one at Harbor Freight for less than $20 without the blade. Let us know how it goes.....
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Unread 06-05-2022, 06:25 PM   #3
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Great, thanks for the tool tip!
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Unread 06-05-2022, 10:35 PM   #4
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Hi Lee,

What cutting tools do you currently own? There’s usually a way to do it with what you’ve got. Angle grinders, even outfitted with relatively good blades, are notorious for leaving a chippy edge.

Also, it’s somewhat rare to have exposed cuts like that. Usually cuts like that are hidden under door jambs and such. What are you cutting around?

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Unread 06-06-2022, 05:01 AM   #5
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Hi KG - it's a wall tile that meets a curb on a continuing wl if that makes sense. The curb is a solid marble piece, which I've already set because I thought that was the proper way to do it. The wall tiles extend about 2" past the curb.
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Unread 06-06-2022, 08:12 AM   #8
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Thanks James, that was my first thought - interested to see how clean I can get those small cuts.

I assume I should caulk this joint? Does that help hide small chips to the extent there are any?
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What cutting tools do you have?

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I'd used a grinder to cut the end of the curb back from the wall just enough to slide the wall tile in place. A few tiny chips on the end of the marble piece won't show up nearly as much as chips in the tile.

Plus, a bead of caulk will likely hide any chips in the marble anyway.
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Unread 06-07-2022, 05:59 AM   #11
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KG - snap cutter and a wet saw (table saw type). Also various nippers
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Unread 06-16-2022, 09:48 AM   #12
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Thanks for the thoughts all - I opted to pick up an angle grinder (because who doesn't like a reason to get a new tool). While I haven't made that specific cut yet I did use it to cut out a mid-tile hole for a sink drain and it was great, confident it will work well for that cut too.

I do have another question and a 'check my work' if you would...

I'm about to install 5'x5' of meshed backed penny tiles on drywall and wondered what thinset you would recommend for that?

The only penny tile experience I have is the shower floor in this same bathroom. I did that on WEDI so had to use epoxy (CEG lite) for setting and grouting. It wasn't as bad as I expected. A photo is below - if you see any glaring errors that I can be mindful of before tackling this wall, let me know!

Thanks for sharing all your hard earned knowledge!
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Basically, any thinset will work for that. Drywall is a pretty nice surface to stick to.

If it were me, I'd get one of the lightweight mortars just to make sure that those things stay where I put them on the wall.

But, properly mixed thinset of most any type will grab them and hold them on drywall.
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I went with Flexbond and a 3/16 x 5/32 v-notch trowel and it all seemed to work out well. Limited squeeze out and the Flexbond was sticky enough to hold them in place but I could still adjust as needed. One or two spots I'm not 100% happy with but not bad all in all.

Still have to grout the little buggers though....
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