How do I cut Avaire?
Avaire tiles may be cut using a wet saw, tile cutter, or angle grinder. Determine size of the tile cut by measuring the distance between the wall and the tile (not the tray), then deducting 1/2" (1/4" for the grout joint, and 1/4" for the expansion gap along the perimeter). Mark the measurement from the edge of the tile (not the tray), and proceed with the cut. Tip: When using a tile cutter, first snap the porcelain. Then, run a utility knife across the plastic tray using the separated tile as a guide. Always cut in a direction going away from your body.
My wet saw is designed for cutting regular ceramic tile. Can I use this to cut Avaire porcelain tiles?
Most tile saws designed for cutting ceramic tile will work well with Avaire. However, because Avaire is a high quality porcelain tile, it is important to use a diamond-tipped blade designed for cutting porcelain.
How do I cut Avaire around the toilet flange?
When cutting around the toilet flange, use a 4" angle grinder with a diamond blade designed for cutting porcelain tile. Be sure to follow all safety rules.
I have a curved wall. Can I make curved cuts with Avaire?
Yes. Curved cuts can easily be made using a 4" angle grinder with a diamond blade.
The water pump gets clogged on my saw. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
The shavings from the tray will clog the pump on a wet saw if the water isn't changed frequently. The best way to combat this is by changing the water in the saw when tray shavings accumulate, approximately every 30-40 cuts. The shavings from the tray will float so you can easily see them.
What type of wet saw works best for cutting Avaire?
Tile saws made by Dewalt,,Felker, MK,Target, QEP, Rigid and others perform very well when cutting Avaire tiles. Be sure to use a blade designed to cut porcelain tile.
What is the best way to cut around a vent?
If more than one tile is involved, you should be able tomeasure and mark your tiles easily, cutting with a wet saw. If, however, the required cut falls inside a tile and you can't cut from the edges, you must make a "plunge-cut."
What is the best way to undercut the door jambs and casings?
If there are only a few door jambs and casings to cut, it is easiest to use a sharp hand saw. A scrap piece of Avaire tile can be used as a guide to ensure the casing is cut at the exact height needed. If there is a large amount of door jambs and casings, a power jamb saw may be needed.
Do I need to undercut the door jambs and casings?
No, it is not required. However, you will still need to allow 1/4" expansion at the jambs. Undercutting of the jambs is used to cover the cut edges while still providing this needed expansion.