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How to drill tiles :: Posted by: Admin on April 25th, 2012
How to drill through tiles
How many of you avoid drilling tiles in fear of cracking or breaking the tiles? Many of you I would imagine, well when you know how to drill tiles correctly the fear will be gone. This post is about drilling tiles that are already fixed, dried and grouted and not about drilling tiles that are not fixed to the wall or floor.
Firstly gather all the tools you require for the job, they are:
- Masking tape
- A hammer drill / drill
- A small masonry drill bit
- A masonry drill bit the correct size for the rawl plug
- Rawl plugs
- A pen or pencil
- A level
- A hammer
Which drill bit do I use to drill tiles
A dedicated tile drill bit or a masonry drill bit are what you should use for drilling tiles, these drill bits are easy to spot as they have a wide tip which is tungsten carbide to make it really strong to go through masonry.
What drill do I need to drill tiles
Any kind of drill will do, a battery drill is fine as long as it has enough power, you don’t need to have a hammer drill unless the wall or floor behind the tile is really hard. In most cases you can use a battery drill set to the ‘drill’ setting and masonry drill bits.
Drilling the tile
You need to decide where you are going to drill and where you are going to fit the item to the wall, making sure it will fit in the area before you drill. Once you know where to drill, take some masking tape and stick it to the tile. This is done for two reasons, firstly it’s easy to mark the drill hole and secondly it will help stop the drill bit from slipping around.
Now that you have the masking tape stuck on the tile where you want the hole or holes to be you can offer up the item to be fixed and mark the masking tape with your pen or pencil. You should check to make sure the item your fixing is level if need be.
Now take the small masonry drill bit and place it into the drill. If your drill has a setting, set the trigger adjustment to only go slowly. Now take the drill make sure it is on the drill setting, not the hammer or screw settings, place the end of the drill bit on your first mark on the tile. Make sure the drill is horizontal and vertical to avoid slipping, and slowly press the trigger. By having the drill go slowly it will go through the glaze of the tile, when your through the glaze stop and adjust the trigger so it goes in all the way. Now place the drill back into the hole you have started and drill through the remaining of the tile and into the wall. You may have to use the hammer setting once your through the tile to drill into the wall.
Do this same procedure for all the holes you need to drill. You ned to check how deep your hole needs to be, this will depend on what you are fitting but you should go a little deeper and I’ll explain why shortly. Next take your larger drill bit and re-drill the holes in the tile, start carefully and then drill all the way through into the wall.
Next, and here is the important bit, if you haven’t got rawl plugs with the item your fitting you need to get suitable ones for the job and the correct size. When you have the correct rawl plugs, place one in each hole, push them in as far as you can, then take a screw and put it into the rawl plug but only a turn or two, now take a hammer and VERY carefully tape the rawl plug into the tile, now, as long as you have a deep enough hole you should be able to tap the rawl plug through the tile and level with the wall or floor behind. The reason for doing this is as you screw into the rawl plug the plug expands (as it should to grip) but this will crack the tile if the plug isn’t deep enough or on the surface of the tile.
If your rawl plug has a flange on it you can cut this off with a knife to allow the plug to go through the tile.
So as long as you take your time and follow these tips you should be able to drill tiles without cracking or breaking them every time.
How to fit net curtains :: Posted by: Admin on April 16th, 2012
How to fit net curtains
Net curtains are traditionally used for giving privacy as well as giving style and interest to a window. Fitting net curtains is a fairly straight forward process, first you will need to measure the window and buy your curtains.
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To measure the window
Take a tape measure and measure the width of the window, you will need to consider how much gathering you would like and you will need to multiply the width of the window by 1.5, 2 or 2.5 times. It can depend on the pattern as well as personal choice. Next you will need to measure the drop / height of the window, you may be able to get a standard drop curtain that is the correct height and width but you may have to have them cut to size for you.
Curtain rod or curtain wire
Don’t forget to buy either a net curtain rod or a net curtain wire, the net wire is the cheapest option, with the spring loaded curtain rod be the most expensive. Fitting a wire involves more cutting and measuring where as the rods do not need any cutting or trimming. Again it is personal choice and budget as to which one you buy, but you will need one or the other.
Fitting the curtain
Firstly you will need to gather the tools your require:
- A drill
- A small drill bit or bradawl
- A pencil
Assuming your fitting a net curtain wire, you will need to make a small hole at the top of the window frame at either side to fit the ‘eyes’ to the frame, next fit a ‘hook’ to one end of the wire, then hang this on one of the eyes on the window frame, next hold the wire along the top of the frame and mark the wire with a pencil mark where you are going to cut the wire remembering you will be fitting a hook to the end of the wire, the wire will need to be taught enough not to sag in the middle but not too tight that it pulls the eyes out of the frame.
Now you need to cut the wire on the pencil mark with a pair of pliers, once cut you can add the final hook to the end of the wire.
Hanging the curtain
Now that the two eyes are fitted to the window frame and the wire has been cut to the correct length and the two hooks have been fitted to the wire you are ready to hang the net curtain. Thread the wire through the top header hem, now attach one hook onto one of the eyes, then pull the wire tight and attach the final hook on the eye.
Another one of those small DIY jobs that helps improves your home.