How to Use Diamond Drill Bits –
Keeping Diamond Hole Saws Cool and On Target
Build a Small Water Dam
Plumbers putty is great for building a mini water dam around the hole area.
Start the Hole At an Angle
Pilots drill bits are not useful when it comes to drilling brittle materials. To drill holes in porcelain or ceramic tile, glass or granite, start the hole at an angle and slowly work it straight.
Here is a close up for “starting the diamond hole saw at an angle”
You can go up straight, once you for a C Slot cut in the material:
Perfect Hole in Tile
This is how you can achieve results with Drilax Diamond Drill Bits.
Tub Drain Project
Using one of the larger Drilax Diamond Holes, this project for tub drain is completed. The small hole is for water pipes.
This is probably one of the most popular use of diamond hole saws. If you have ever been involved in any kind of bathroom – kitchen renovation, this will sound very familiar. Regular drill bits do not work on tiles. So, you need diamond coated bits. The smaller sizes such as 1/4″ are used for screw holes. The holes that you use for installing grab bars, towel holders, soap dispensers, etc. The mid sized hole saws such as 1 3/8″ are used for pipe holes or faucet outlets.
Without these diamond hole saws, contractors used to break tiles and try to make grooves for pipes and faucets.
You can achieve very handsomely clean holes without the mess and hassle of wasted tiles.
What is the Recommended Drilling Speed?
Please see our post on this topic.
This is an example of a small water pool around the hole. You can use play dough or plumber’s putty to keep water around the diamond hole saw.
The picture above was posted by one of our customers, and this was his first time ever drilling tiles.
There are also some shower heads that need much larger diamond hole saws. There is a great 5 star review on Amazon. He purchased this large size 4 1/2″ hole saw for rain shower installation.