Dry cutting method
Author: The Avaire Team
Date: 5/24/2008 7:31 pm EDT
We are delighted to tell you about a new method we've discovered for straight cuts with Avaire tile that does not require a wet saw! While it won't work for every cut, and you'll always need a wetsaw or grinder for compound cuts, it will work for the majority of your straight cuts.
Step 1: At the perimeter of the tray inline with the planned cut, use a utility knife or side cutter and carefully cut the perimeter of the tray up to the tile.
Step 2: Using a "scoring" or "snap" tile cutter, score the top of the tile and snap it like a normal porcelain tile.
Step 3: "Open" the top of the tile just enough to fit a utility knife blade into the gap. Laying one edge on a table top will make it easier.
Step 3: Carefully cut the plastic tray from the topside inside the gap between the two pieces of tile.
Step 4: If 1-2 strokes with the utility knife is not sufficient to cut the tray, it will usually break once scored.
Limitations of the method:
1) If the amount being removed is less than a few inches, it may be difficult to "open" the gap between the two pieces. For narrow cuts, a wetsaw may still be required.
2) Don't over "open" the gap - it can put extra stress on the adhesive bond between the tray and the tile. Generally speaking, you need to open the gap just enough to insert the blade.
3) Compound cuts will still require a wet saw or grinder.
4) As with traditional tile, sometimes a scoring cutter can leave a jagged or non-straight edge. Angle cuts can also be challenging with a scoring cutter.
We will publish some videos of this method on the website sometime in the next few weeks.
The Avaire Team
Date: 5/28/2008 1:24 pm EDT
It is worth noting that not all of the manual tile cutters will in fact work with porcelain tile. Doesn't seem to matter the quality or cost of the manual cutter, some work some don't.
The unfortunate problem if one of those cutters doesn't work is that one has sacrificed a whole tile to find out it can't be done with that particular cutter. You don't have to ruin many tiles to realize your best bet would have been to use a wet tile saw and spend the short amount of extra time it takes to do so.
With the cost of Avaire tile even tho it reflects a savings overall you don't want to be buying tiles just to throw them away when they break because an unsuitable means of cutting was attempted.
Date: 5/28/2008 4:21 pm EDT
Using a wet saw is the perfered method to cut Avaire tile, but letting people know what options are avaiable is important.
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