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by Jeff Patterson in DIY Bathroom Remodel, Tiling Tools
drill large holes in ceramic tile

Need to learn how to drill a large hole in ceramic tile?

Today we discuss what diamond core-bit can make this easy – and literally cut holes in ceramic tile in 10 seconds.

We also share which power tools are the best for this project.

Let’s dive in!

How to Drill a Large Hole in Ceramic Tile

Other tutorials advise using a small 1/4″ carbide tipped bit, hammer, and chisel to cut holes in tile.

And while this is an option it takes forever. Plus, the tile will chip.

Diamond core-bits are a much better option.

First, they can be used with either an angle grinder or drill.

Second, diamond core-bits cut tile in seconds. This saves tons of time. In addition, projects can be finished faster than with the first method mentioned above.

But heres the deal,

Not all core-bits are created equal.

Cheap core-bits might drill a hole through ceramic once or twice then be useless.

We highly recommend Montolit’s Mondrillo Black diamond core-bits. Yes, they’re more expensive than the big box store brand. But the Mondrillo black can be used on multiple projects.

For example, let’s say a home has two bathroom renovations. Between 6-10 holes need to be drilled in tile. Two for each shower head, two for each tub spout, one for a handheld shower spray, two each for any water supply lines coming up from a tile floor.

Don’t waste time or money on a cheap core-bit.

This short video shares how to use the Mondrillo Black to drill a large hole in ceramic tile in 10 seconds

 

What’s Next

The Mondrillo Black diamond core-bit and Montolit cooling paste can be bought over on Bathroom Repair Tutor.

Also, wear an appropriate silica dust respirator and other safety gear when cutting tile.

Super large holes – think mixing valves – can be cut in ceramic tile using an angle grinder and diamond blade. Our tutorial on how to tile a plumbing wall has excellent tips.

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.

Ask your questions below and we’d be happy to help.

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

1 Comment
  1. Dan says:

    10 seconds and 20 seconds are both fast, but why is it 2x as fast with the grinder vs the drill?

    Is it the stability added by that side handle on the angle grinder?
    That’s what my guess was.

    With the drill, you needed (and were able) to use a finger to guide it and get it started.

    I thought maybe the grinder started off with the circle shield as support. But nope, it was free-hand too, but it has that side handle on it. Does that make it easy to keep it from sliding maybe?

    Thanks!

    Dan

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