Step 6: Notch tiles with a wetsaw

Notch tiles with a wetsaw
Photo by: Shaffer Smith Photography
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• Mark any tiles that need to be notched around a cabinet corner, switch box, or electrical receptacle.
• Lay the tile on the sliding table of a rented motorized wetsaw (easier for shaped cuts) and push it forward into the diamond-abrasive blade to cut one side. Pull back the table, rotate the tile, and make the second cut.
• Use tile nippers to remove any material in the notch.
• Finish tiling the backsplash. On inside corners, butt the edges of the tiles against the tiles on the adjoining wall, leaving room for caulk. Install bullnose tile at open ends of the backsplash and at the top if there are no upper cabinets for the tiles to butt against.
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    Tools List

    • two-foot level
      2-foot level
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • rubber float
      Rubber grout float
    • tile nippers
      Tile nippers
    • 3/16-inch v-notched trowel
      3/16-inch V-notched trowel
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun with tub-and-tile caulk
    • bucket with sponge
      Bucket and sponge
    • tile cutter
      Score-and-snap tile cutter
    • wet saw
      Optional: Motorized wetsaw,
      rents for about $45 to $70 a day, plus blade rental, is invaluable for notches and other complex cuts

    Shopping List

    1. DECORATIVE TILE

    2. LISTELLO TILE

    border



    3. CERAMIC FIELD TILE

    4. BULLNOSE TILE

    5. UNSANDED TILE GROUT

    6. ACYLIC TILE MASTIC

    1 gallon for every 50 to 60 square feet



    7. CLEAN CLOTH

    8. 80-GRIT SANDPAPER

    9. CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

    to protect floor and countertop