When you are starting out your home DIY projects, you want to do as much research as you want in order to avoid accidents and wastefulness in the process. Especially if you are opting for a DIY because of budget, you don’t want to make mistakes and have to start over again which means spending more money than you would to hire someone to do the job for you.
Tile saws come with their own set of safety guidelines. Be sure to read everything in the manual before you begin your tile cutting process. Learn about all the parts and how they work for your specific saw. You can also try to get someone with more experience to help you during your first session. Don’t worry if you don’t have anyone in mind, though. We have a few mistakes we have come across over the years that you can avoid in your tile DIY project.
1. Buying or Using a Tile Saw for Simple Jobs
A tile saw is an excellent tool to use for your home tiling projects. It gives a professional fimish, and although there are plenty of safety and precautionary measures you need to make, they are not impossible to master. However, most people who love home DIYs do not really need a heavy duty tool like a tile saw. You might find that you don’t need a tile saw to fix two broken tiles in your bathroom. However if you are looking to remodel your entire bathroom floor then you will definitely need a tile saw.
2. The Blade
Tiles are made from a variety of materials such as ceramic, terra cotta, porcelain or brick. Whatever material you choose be sure that the blade is the right one for the job. Choose a tile saw brand with replaceable blades to make work easy for you when you need to replace or change a blade because you are working with different materials. Blades are usually replaced when the blade begins to vibrate when your saw is on. Additionally, you may tell your blade is worn out if you can see through the diamond outer cover into the steel core. A good tile saw should have a fully functioning blade.
3. Ignoring Electrical Safety
Tile saws are electric and there is a lot of water involved in the process which means you need to be keen when working with it. Make sure your hands are dry when handling any part of the saw. When it comes to the drainage, make sure you follow the proper steps which will be highlighted under the next point.
4. Not Mastering the Connections to the Saw
It is important to make sure that you are well informed of the various connections that go in and out of your tile saw. For one, it ensures your safety when handling the saw. Second, it ensures that you work as quickly as possible as connecting the various parts can take you a while.
When it comes to the drainage, you need to make sure that water is falling on the blade. This is a common mistake for newbies resulting in a less than smooth finish and increases the work of your blade.
5. Forgetting to Wear Protective Gear
It goes without saying that wearing protective hand and eye gear is important when you are working with your tile saw. Also remember not to wear loose clothing that could get caught to the blade.
6. Assuming that the Tile Saw will do Everything
You will have to do a lot of additional measuring of your space and thus calculate tile size. Most times you will need to compensate for space, sinks, and curves and bends. This brings into play essential tools such as a tile snipper and snap tile cutter. Make sure you have everything you need on hand.
7. Buying less tiles
When you are a beginner, you might waste some tiles. To avoid having to go back to the hardware or leaving your bathroom unfinished for days, buy more tiles than you need. This way you can also compensate for broken tiles.
Remember these mistakes to make life easy for yourself. We wish we had such help when we were starting out.