Drilling into non-smooth bathroom tiles

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Omidd, Jun 30, 2021.

  1. Omidd

    Omidd New Member

    Hi all

    I have signed up to these forums to get your help on a topic which i could not find answers to!
    Apologies in advance if this has been posted before.

    I wish to install a new bath screen, but my tiles are a nightmare to drill into!!
    They are not smooth (please see photos attached) and so the drill bit slips, even with the use of masking tape.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Also I have an SDS Plus drill, but there seems to be no SDS Tile bit on the market. Can I use masonry bits (4mm, then 6mm)?

    Thanks so much in advance

    Kind regards

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  2. just pumps

    just pumps Screwfix Select

  3. masterdiy

    masterdiy Screwfix Select

    Omidd, the only thing I can think of...
    Do not use an SDS drill on this.
    Use ordinary drill. Small masonry drill bit 4mm
    Cut a piece of flat wood (2x1) & wedge it between bath & ceiling. With cardboard to stop any damage.
    This will act as a guide for the drill bit. Pre drill the holes where needed in the wood.
  4. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    Use your sds off hammer then when through the tile turn on the hammer if you need to.

    Just a normal 5.5 bit usually does the job.
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  5. Creek

    Creek Member

    I would use a diamond drill to get a clean hole in the tile first and then change to a masonry drill for the actual wall.
    Drill tile 8mm using diamond cutter, change to 6mm masonry drill for wall, insert wall plug, use sealant around screw when attaching bath screen.
    Watch a YouTube video on how to use the tile drill
  6. chillimonster

    chillimonster Screwfix Select

    hold a thin point bradawl to the tile, tap gently with a
    hammer til there is a hole big enough to hold your
    actual tile drill ( shaped like a pointy heart ) in
    place to make hole big enough for the rawl plug.

    When retrofitting screens / new hose brackets
    I would mask tape a small paper bag to catch the
    dust. If its brick the dust indelibly stained the
    Dow Corning red.
  7. Tilt

    Tilt Screwfix Select

    Good call...... I use an old envelope a lot of the time when drilling, just to save time cleaning up, but same outcome really. :)
  8. chillimonster

    chillimonster Screwfix Select

    even better call, don't see paper bags now.
  9. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    Google tile drill bits....the pointy ones. Cheap as chips
  10. DaveF

    DaveF Active Member

    Don't use SDS, it will end in tears. You need a pointed tungsten tile bit using an ordinary rotary drill. Just stick some masking tape over where you want to drill, mark the hole with a pencil on the tape. And before you start the drill rotating gently press in and the bit will just cut in to the surface of the tile giving you enough of a start to gently start rotating without skipping.

  11. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    Iv used an sds many times and still no tears.
    Obviously not on hammer.
  12. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Screwfix Select

    interesting grouting o_O

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