How to Drill Through a Tile Without Breaking it
Many people think it is really difficult to drill holes in ceramic tiles, and that is it’s almost impossible to drill hoes into porcelain tiles, and yes we will grant you that if you don’t have the right equipment it can be a challenge.
Then we met Richard Hazel of 365 Drills (see him pictured above on his stand at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show earlier this year) and he introduced us to his Porsadrill system. He has come up with a set of diamond drills that use an external drill guide so that you do not have to have a central drill in a core drill. This greatly reduces the chances of slipping and scratching the surface of the tile and of cracking the tile, especially if you need to drill really close to the edge of the tile.
So that means we can tick off another DIY Myth. It is now possible to drill right up to the edge of the tile without cracking it, drill into those beautiful but very dense porcelain tiles, and use a smaller drill to drill bigger holes by overlapping them.
We know that testimonials and customer comments are considered cheesy, and on the whole we lay off using them on the site, but this one came in from Roger over the weekend and made us smile in the office. Not least for the use of the word ‘blinking’ as a superlative!
ABSOLUTELY BLINKING BRILLIANT WE BOUGHT THE TILE DRILL SET FROM 365 DRILLS£49.99 VIA YOUR SITE IT CAME WITHIN 2 DAYS AND WE NOW HAVE DRILLED THE HOLES FOR THE SHOWER PIPES ‘IN UNDER 5 MINUTES!!!
I promise we haven’t altered a word, or made it up and, if you’re reading this Roger, thanks so much for your feedback and your video tutorial suggestion. Feel free to share boasting pictures of your completed DIY project.
If you buy one of the Diamond Drill bit sets from our main site you can add in the Discount Code for Porsadrill and get free delivery. The code is DIY Doctor – now where have I heard that name before?
See our project on using the diamond drill set here, including a video guide and a chance to buy a Porsadrill (don’t forget to add DIY Doctor to the voucher code as you check out).
When you are cutting or drilling tiles it it the vibration that make it crack so cushion it on some corrugated cardboard or other absorbent material (i.e. you can use a bed of sand to stop cracking paving slabs).