The Tile Saw A Quick Guide For DIY Homeowners
Just about all tile installations along with wall and floor tile patterns will require some cutting. So if you are looking to do a little or a lot of DIY for that matter; you’ll want to invest in the proper tool for the job, and that’s a tile saw. Here are the basics to help you get to know this incredibly useful machine.
Cut Your Own Tile And Stay Under Budget
By being able to cut your own tile you’ll be able to complete the job without the help of a pro and save yourself some cash. While renting from a home store is an option you don’t want to end up rushing the job because you want to get your saw back as quickly as possible to escape paying another day’s rental fee. That’s how mistakes and accidents happen.
By owning your own saw you’ll be able to work on your project at your own pace. And, it will mean you always have the option of being able to do the job yourself, which not only will save cash but can be incredibly gratifying as well. Tile saw rental can be worth it, but that’s only if you will need the use of a saw for a day or two at most, and don’t plan on using it again for future projects. Other than that purchasing is the smartest option financially.
What’s With The Water?
This type of saw actually uses water when cutting, and for that reason is often also called a wet tile saw. The water is essential for keeping the diamond blade cool as there is a lot friction that otherwise would build up too much heat. It also does a great job of keeping all the dust and debris to a minimum which is always a good thing. There are basically two different types of tile saws those with their own pump and reservoir and those that are attached to a faucet.
And of course there are all different sizes depending on your needs. Smaller models can be used as a beginner tile saw or by those who don’t need to cut a large amount of tile on a regular basis but they are still suitable for working with the majority of tile installation patterns. These can be quite inexpensive and therefore a real money-saver. Larger saws are of course available for pros or those who want top-notch accessories like a laser for guided cutting. They are also the best choice if your project will require a very large number of cuts as they are made to be able to function for longer periods of time continuously.
Other Tile Cutting Options
There are a few other options you can use to cut tile as well. An angle grinder can be used when you need to cut an irregular shape into a tile to make it fit around a fixture or even help you to remove tile. A snap cutter can make straight and angled cuts by scoring and then snapping tiles. While these are very useful and budget friendly if you will be working with stone like marble, travertine, or onyx tiles a wet saw is what you’ll need. This will also be the if you’ll have to cut numerous tiles, or tile layout patterns that require curved cuts. That being said both of these tools do have their place and are always a very useful addition to any tool collection.
A tile saw will open a new door of opportunities for your DIY projects and what you can accomplish. By owning one you’ll end up not only saving cash but also boosting your skills at the same time. However, always be sure to always wear the appropriate safety gear and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when cutting.