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Unread 06-05-2019, 02:50 PM   #1
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What is the longest time it took you to cut one tile to perfection? How many tries?

Being a perfectionist is not a good thing sometimes but also being a beginner you have many things to learn in the world of tile. Adding these two things together I may order another box of tile to make sure I can get the same batch number from California. It's a pretty simple tile with a rectangle taken out of The middle that goes nine in across the 12in tile. My first attempt was fraught with mistakes that were minor and then it was the first time to use this bit on my angle grinder and so it turned into a template for number two. number two was looking really good until I cut on the wrong side of the left line. number three was looking really good until I knock the pieces out from the back instead of from the front so it took a chip out of the front. maybe I didn't cut quite as far as before. so I thought I would post this question here because I started this before lunch time and it's 2:45
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Unread 06-05-2019, 04:26 PM   #2
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Personally, I have ruined 5 or 6 tiles, trying to get a "perfect" cut. I remember a door jamb cut that simply didn't work. I finally got it right and, walking into the job...tapped it against the jamb, "clink!" Was I pissed? Yeah. Went to lunch before I tried again. Got it perfect....but it was a bitch.

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Unread 06-09-2019, 09:50 PM   #3
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This one is from several years ago but it took me 4 attempts to get it right.. first couple of times it would crack or break during the cutting process. Third time almost had it till it took a hairline crack as I was carrying it in. This told me I had to do something different due to internal stresses inside the tile.. I taped and precisely marked where the vent location is. I packed some cardboard and plastic in the vent I mortared the tile down to the floor and let it set a couple of days.. Then went in with my 4" grinder with tile blade and vac and cut it out with no problems... It survives to this day
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Definitely not the hardest thing, but took more time to cut in these end caps than it did to set the accent band.
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