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If you have used power tools in the past, then you can safely operate a rented wet masonry saw and install your own ceramic tile kitchen countertops. Ceramic tiles are light enough to install yourself, and a rented tile saw will give you the precision cuts you need for a professional looking installation.
Keep these tips in mind to safely cut the ceramic tiles for your kitchen countertops:
The Water Tray Needs to Stay Full of Water
The water tray that is located on the bottom of the saw's frame is used to catch waste water and recycle it through the water pump and back up to be dropped onto the blade to keep it cool. If you do not keep the water tray full enough with clean water, then the pump will fail. If you do not catch it in time, the diamonds on your cutting blade will crust over.
To prevent damage to your blade's diamonds, add water regularly as you are cutting the tiles and make sure that when the water turns cloudy that you dump it out, rinse out the mud on the bottom of the tray, and fill it back up with clean water.
Actively Monitor the Function of the Water Pump and Clean It Out Often
The water pumps in most rented masonry saws are nothing more than a simple pump like those used in fish tanks. While they serve their purpose, you can plan on the pump being a constant concern while you are cutting your countertop's tiles. The minute the pump clogs or loses its prime and stops moving water, then the blade will begin to overheat and damage the cutting surface. While you are cutting, you will not be able to hear the pump running. So, you need to watch the water flow on the blade while you are cutting and ensure that it keeps running. If the water slows or stops, immediately turn off the saw and clean the pump.
Control the Cutting Speed to Avoid Cracks and Accidents
Finally, cutting your kitchen's new ceramic tiles is fairly simple. However, you need to be mindful of the speed at which you push the tiles through the blade. The ceramic tiles are fairly soft as far as masonry products go, and they need to be fed slowly through the saw. If you push too hard on the tile, then it will bind down the saw and more than likely the ceramic tile will shatter. If you push the tile through a bit slower than you would cut wood on a table saw, then you will give the blade time to cut cleanly through the ceramic tiles and clean itself off with the cooling water.
To learn more, contact a company like Big John's Closeouts.Share
17 May 2016