I never gave much thought to bathroom or kitchen fixtures. Things are just miraculously there! But when it’s time to hang that extra towel rack/rail, how do you drill through tiles without cracking them? Once again after a few googles and speaking to a tradie friend these are the steps we took:
- Masking tape the area you will be drilling. The masking tape serves as 2 functions – i. creating tension on the surface to reduce the likeliness of cracks ii. Provides a surface where you can mark where you will be drilling.
- Mark where you will be drilling. Use leveler, if appropriate.
- Using masonry drill bits and an electronic drill. Turn the setting to hammer drill. Note: On the standard setting you will never pierce the tile. We tried and was wondering what we were doing wrong.
- Hammer in the PVC wall plugs. You are now ready to drill in the screws.
Tip: Do not drill close to the edges of the tile as the likelihood of cracking is higher.
Tip: To ensure the drill do not overheat, run the drill bit under cold water every minute or 2. Repeat this process when you feel the bit is heating up.