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    How should i drill through tiles?



    I am looking to install some small bathroom fixtures, toilet roll holder, towel rack, etc on the walls of my bathroom.
    The walls have already been tiled, so I want to be sure that I can drill through correctly without getting any damage to the tiles themselves.
    I have been told that using a low torque setting for a drill and using masking tape around the tile can be an effective way.
    How would be the best way for me to drill through the tiles?


    Asked by MRS DAKIRI on 20th Oct 2019
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    "What you have been told is partly correct. You need a low setting and to place the masking tape over the point the drill bit will cut into the tile. This should be problem-free to drill into the tile. But to be safe make sure you try it on a tile you haven't used first. Some drill bits, if blunt will damage the tile."

    Answered on 28th Oct 2019 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    A* Home Improvements

    "You can go into Screwfix and pick up a tile drill bit. Needs a lot of water while drilling tiles."

    Answered on 30th Oct 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
    R Foster

    "Use a tile drill. They are not expensive and are readily available in DIY or tool shops. Don't have your drill setting on hammer. I use the slower speed on my drill. They are brilliant. I've never had a broken tile even when drilling in the grout line between tiles."

    Answered on 2nd Nov 2019 - Member since Mar 2018 - report
    Odd Job Nick

    "You can do this one of two ways. Use a drill bit for drilling into tiles but go slowly. Also, use masking tape to help keep the drill bit from moving.

    Alternatively, you can use a masonry drill bit but use a small size first and gradually make the hole to the desired size. If you are going to use a regular battery drill you can use it on hammer action but just take it easy."

    Answered on 3rd Nov 2019 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    MD Property Services

    "Purchase a tile drill bit, they are around £9 and you will achieve a perfect hole in your tile. Start drilling on low speed, then swap to the correct drill bit required when the tile is breached for the correct wall type behind."

    Answered on 5th Nov 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report


    Masking tape and low torque is ok but sharp concrete drill bit is essential and use 2 sizes of drill bits.
    The first size should be the size of the plug and the second half a size bigger to resize in tile.

    Hope this has helped."

    Answered on 5th Nov 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report
    J hosey carpentry and joinery

    "You can drill through tiles, however, make sure you use a tile drill bit and the correct size for the intended wall plug i.e, if you are using red wall plugs, use a 5.5/6mm drill bit. You can purchase the tile drill bits from most DIY or tile shops. The key is to go slow to avoid cracking the tiles. Once through the tile, you are able to use a standard bit to go through the wall behind."

    Answered on 5th Nov 2019 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
    Giovetti IT & Maint Services

    "You need to drill through tiles with a tile specific drill bit."

    Answered on 12th Nov 2019 - Member since Oct 2019 - report

    "To drill tiles, using the lowest torque is the right way. You can buy tile drill bits but I tend to use just an ordinary bit but start with a 2 mm then gradually get bigger until you have the size needed."

    Answered on 14th Nov 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report

    "Thank you for your question. This can be tricky to drill. Low speed is a must and tape the area but be prepared for cracks. I must say I do not do this on a regular basis. All the best, try youtube for advice."

    Answered on 21st Oct 2019 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
    James Bearhsm

    "I would use masking tape to stop the drill piece slipping off the tile and go slowly with the drill."

    Answered on 21st Oct 2019 - Member since Jun 2019 - report

    "You need a tile drill bit. Toolstation sells a tile & glass drill bit set. There are other suppliers. Keep it cool with water and use masking tape as someone said before. Remember when drilling tiles to take your time."

    Answered on 22nd Oct 2019 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    Laurentiu HOREL

    "To efficiently drill tiles you should use a glass drill bit and after, use an SDS drill bit."

    Answered on 24th Oct 2019 - Member since Sep 2019 - report

    "With a non-hammer diamond drill and water for cooling down the bit"

    Answered on 24th Oct 2019 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Future Building Everything Is Possible

    "Drilling through tiles is very tricky and sometimes you need a special tool. Different types of tiles often require a different drill to go through effectively. Some tiles are really hard and you will need to go and get the right drill bit that is intended for your type of tile. There will be a drilling list which will tell you if the tool is suitable for the tiles you want to use it on. I got a specialist bit from Topps tiles for around £40."

    Answered on 25th Oct 2019 - Member since Oct 2019 - report

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