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I have wood-look large ceramic tiles for my bathroom and I don't know how to cut them without damaging. While it was easy with smaller format tiles, cutting these alongside does make me worry that the tile might snap. Any suggestions?

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Wet tile saw

wet tile saw

The best way to cut straight lines is to use a wet tile saw. This gives you a nice clean line, and is safer and significantly less messy than a dry saw because the water keeps bits from flying everywhere.

Snap tile cutter

snap tile cutter

Another option is a snap tile cutter. This scores the tile and then you can snap it easily. It doesn't produce as clean of cuts as a wet saw so it's an ok option if you are hiding the cut edge under baseboard at the edges of the room.

Tile nipper

tile nipper

Another option is a tile nipper. These are only for cutting small pieces, doing detail work or cutting curves. They literally nibble a way a little bit at a time.

  • have you cut tiles of this size yourself? And thank you for your answer! – Marek Nov 8 '16 at 14:44
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    @Marek - The wet tile saw is the way to go for cutting the large size tiles like you have. Often a good choice is to rent a tile saw for a day so you do not have to purchase the saw outright. – Michael Karas Nov 8 '16 at 15:11
  • @michael-karas What'd be the minimum size (table size) of such wet tile saw you'd recommend to rent? – Marek Nov 8 '16 at 15:16
  • One that can handle the maximum length of cut you anticipate making. – Michael Karas Nov 8 '16 at 17:31

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