Stone tiles produced using natural granite, marble, or limestone fill in as strong and sturdy finishes for flooring, walls and countertops. Their superior quality can make these tiles hard to cut, making electric wet saws the instrument of choice for guaranteeing spotless, smooth cuts. On the off chance that you just need to cut a couple of tiles or you don’t feel great utilizing an electric saw, it’s conceivable to cut stone tile utilizing customary hand apparatuses, from standard tile nippers to a hammer and chisel.
So, feel free to get your stone cutting tools and read below:
The Rock Hammer
The fastest method to decrease an enormous stone to more modest pieces is with a rock hammer. As obvious as this sounds, numerous individuals slave over their saws when a couple of brisk blows from a rock hammer would manage the work. In spite of the fact that hammering rough doesn’t permit exact control over the size pieces you get, it’s considerably more precise than the drop-it-off-a-precipice strategy. In the event that the stone you’re dealing with has a crack, you can normally break it along that line.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you start cutting into stone, ensure you gather all the best possible supplies. You can get a large portion of the following at a nearby home improvement shop. On the off chance that you can’t discover them at a tool shop, look on the web.
You will require a chisel as well as an electric grinder with a diamond cutting blade to cut the stone. On the off chance that your undertaking is small, it might be more affordable to rent the grinder.
You’ll require a stone mason’s hammer (these are like little sledgehammers).
You will likewise require safety gear. You’ll require protective goggles, a full face shield, and hearing protection. You can get hearing protection, which are ear muffs intended to shut out loud sound from apparatus at most tool shops.
Since marble is such a delicate material, it tends to be dubious to cut if you don’t have the correct blade or enough water to keep the kerf liberated from debris that will develop and make it harder to cut. Utilizing a blade intended to cut marble can be a vital aspect to get the best outcomes.
One option to cutting stone tile with a wet saw is to make cuts utilizing a manual hacksaw. Pick a hacksaw with tungsten carbide teeth, which are better prepared to slice through hard stone than conventional steel blades. Utilize a straightedge and a pencil to mark a cutting line on the tile, at that point, score this line utilizing a sharp utility knife. Put on your safety glasses and utilize your hacksaw to gradually and deliberately slice through the tile along the scored line. Use sandpaper or a sanding stone to smooth out rough edges after you’ve finished slicing through the tile.
Cutting a Kerf
Cutting a kerf in the stone will give you more prominent control. A kerf is a shallow saw cut, generally less than an inch deep. You can make a kerf anyplace you need it. Place a chisel or huge screwdriver in the kerf and give it a strong blow with the hammer. The stone will part in two under the kerf. While the method doesn’t generally yield a perfect, straight split, it functions admirably.
I trust that these tips prove valuable as you work with your stone projects.