How to drill through a ceramic tile without cracking it!

How to drill through ceramic tile without cracking it!

Howdy drillers, hope all is well!

Today I’m going to be writing a tutorial on how to drill through ceramic tiles without cracking them. This is a question I’ve got a lot of via my contact page, so I figured it’s deserving of a post!

Once you’ve got the method, it’s incredibly easy.

The Equipment You’ll Need

The Process

Step 1

The first step is to clean the tile of any grease or dirt that might be on it. Drilling a hole in a ceramic tile can be a slippery process at the best of times, and if you slip you can end up putting a horrible scratch down the tile and making it look really naff. Which we don’t want!

So just wash it with a damp cloth, and then dry it thoroughly with a cloth.

Step 2

Next up we have to get some masking tape and create a cross, and the center of the cross should be where we want our hole to be. The masking tape will help protect us from slippage when we start drilling the hole.

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Step 3

Next up make sure your drill is on standard mode, and not on hammer mode. Hammer mode will 100% crack the tile and make a right mess. You must not use hammer mode!

So put the too big masonry bit into the drill, and rest the head on the center of the cross like so!

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Now you want to start off slow, so either on a slow setting or if your drill has variable speed via the trigger than a light squeeze. Don’t push too hard, you want to let the drill do all the work. You want you go slowly until it takes off a small hole in the ceramic.

Step 4

Now you can ramp up the speed, keeping pressure steady so that you’re making progress through the tile. It’s not a race! You’ll get through it eventually.

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And hey presto! Done! Now you just need to put in the smaller drill bit, turn on hammer if needed, and drill through whatever is behind the tile.

Well I hope that’s answered your questions. Thanks for reading!