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Unread 11-13-2006, 05:48 PM   #1
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cutting small slate tiles

I'm planning to set a slate tile backsplash. The pattern has some fairly small pieces - some 2 inches. I'm concerned about using a large wet saw on these small pieces. I want to make sure they don't crack and I want to keep my fingers. I've heard that you can use a hacksaw with a Carborundum blade. That seems like it would take a lot of muscle. Is the wet saw a better choice and do you have recommendations for cutting the small pieces?
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Unread 11-13-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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Wetsaw...sometimes i put small pieces on a piece of cradboared to cut them,so they don't fall through the crack...wetsaw blades won't cut you,they just grind off a little skin.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 06:58 PM   #3
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Yeah you really dont have to be afraid of a wet saw blade. Many time if I have to just "shave" the piece I'll actually push the blade with my fingers so it doesn't "bend" away from the cut while its cutting. You just dont touch the "diamond" part. And even if you do...you'll just take some skin off. Any other kind of cutting of slate just wont work. It'll crumble, de-laminate...nothing cuts it like a wet blade.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 07:07 PM   #4
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Welcome, Cathy.

I'll move you over here to the Advice forum where your question belongs.

That Mud Box is just a place where a lotta weirdos hang out and talk about.........well, weird stuff.
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Unread 11-17-2006, 07:10 PM   #5
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thanks much to the both of you - you've calmed my fears and i'm off to rent a wet saw.
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Unread 11-17-2006, 07:18 PM   #6
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Go Cathy
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