To work around curved obstructions such as appliances and pipes when laying ceramic tiles, make a template of the desired curve and use a rotary or wet saw to cut it accurately. Wet saws can be rented from many home improvement stores or tool rental centers.
Take a piece of paper and cut it to the size of the ceramic tile you are using. Place the paper up to the area with the obstruction. Make sure to space it in conjunction with the tiles already laid for an accurate template. Trace a line on the paper along the curve of the obstruction, and cut the paper along the line.
Place the paper precisely over the back of a tile so that the rough side is flush against the paper. Draw a curved line on the tile using the template as the guide.
Use a rotary tool or wet saw to cut the tile. Because ceramic is a hard material, a wet saw is a good choice. If you choose to cut the tile with a rotary tool, use a diamond bit. Don safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from flying pieces. Hold the cut tile up to the area on the surface with the obstruction to make sure the tile fits.
To paint ceramic tiles, clean and sand the tiles, then apply primer before painting. You need trisodium phosphate, rubber gloves, a clean rag, sandpaper, a sponge, a cleaning pad, primer, painter's tape, newspapers, a low-nap roller, a paint brush, denatured alcohol and water to complete this task.Full Answer >
Formica, a plastic laminate used for decorative purposes, can be tiled over with ceramic tiles. The process of doing so requires that the Formica surface be prepared beforehand to accept the thin-set adhesive used for the ceramic layer before the tiling can begin.Full Answer >
To cut marble, install a diamond blade on a wet saw, and feed the marble into the saw slowly. You need a straight edge, a pencil, a wet saw, water and a diamond blade.Full Answer >
The easiest way to make a gun stock is to cut, drill, sand and seal a semi-inlet stock blank made from a template. The required supplies are a wooden semi-inlet stock blank, a padded bench vise, a Dremel tool with a wood rasp attachment, bedding epoxy, sandpaper, a wooden sanding block, a putty knife, wood sealer, wood polish, liquid wax, several clean cloths and a small foam paintbrush. This project takes about one week.Full Answer >