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How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic Tile

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You may need to create a hole in a ceramic tile to hang kitchen or bathroom accessories. Ceramic tiles are very hard and brittle so special techniques and tools have been developed to allow this without damaging, cracking or breaking the tiles.

Step 1

Mark Hole Position

Mark Hole Position

Hold the accessory up to the wall in the desired position, and mark the positions of the required holes using a chinagraph pencil or suitable marker.

Step 2

Drill the Tile

Drill the Tile

The drill bit will drift across the surface unless encouraged to stay in the one spot using one of the following methods. You can make a starter indentation for the drill bit using a hard tip hole boring tool. Alternatively, stick a small piece of masking tape onto the tile where you need the hole. Then position the diamond tip drill bit correctly and using the lowest speed bore a hole. Tip: tape a makeshift cardboard tray under the point where you will drill to catch the dust.

Step 3

Drill Wall

Drill Wall

Switch to a masonry drill bit of the correct size and drill the hole for the wall plug into the masonry wall behind the tile, which is now exposed by the tile hole.

Step 4

Fit Wall Plug

Fit Wall Plug

Fit the wall plug and screw the accessory mounting plate into place. Then fit the accessory and any covers required.