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Balloo

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Do you have to drill holes in XL tiles before cutting a piece out for example round a door .
I've seen some YouTube videos and they all show this method
 

widler

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Do you have to drill holes in XL tiles before cutting a piece out for example round a door .
I've seen some YouTube videos and they all show this method
Apparently so, it relieves tension in the tile and stops it cracking.
But I’ve only ever heard of it on the internet, never seen anyone do it in real life and never done it myself .
 
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Balloo

Balloo

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Apparently so, it relieves tension in the tile and stops it cracking.
But I’ve only ever heard of it on the internet, never seen anyone do it in real life and never done it myself .
Thanks I thought that but wanted to get confirmation if it's necessary
 

antonio

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Thanks I thought that but wanted to get confirmation if it's necessary
it is dangerous to cut and mount a xl without drilling
the corner .
it may break at any time.
 

antonio

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in any case if you should be able to cut it,
better to round the corner with a diamond bit
like these
 

3_fall

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Do you have to drill holes in XL tiles before cutting a piece out for example round a door .
I've seen some YouTube videos and they all show this method
XL?
Not pre drilling a corner opens you up for a potential breakage.
Thro experience I can assure you it increases your chance of a successful install when you pre drill corners.
If you have a sharp 90 degree corner, any stress on the left or right side can cause a fracture, effectively you’re creating a start point.
Whereas if you form an arc, there is no actual starting point for the fracture.
Don’t be lazy, increase your chances of only cutting a tile once.
Drill that corner.
 

jcrtiling

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I've said this before , I know it's not tiles but when they get a stress crack in a ship before they weld it up they drill a hole at each end of the crack before they weld it together to dissipate the stress .
 
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Balloo

Balloo

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XL?
Not pre drilling a corner opens you up for a potential breakage.
Thro experience I can assure you it increases your chance of a successful install when you pre drill corners.
If you have a sharp 90 degree corner, any stress on the left or right side can cause a fracture, effectively you’re creating a start point.
Whereas if you form an arc, there is no actual starting point for the fracture.
Don’t be lazy, increase your chances of only cutting a tile once.
Drill that corner.
Is 6 mm hole ok
 

3_fall

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Is this floor or wall, what are you cutting around?
If it’s a floor, go to 8-10 then as you offer it up to the corner you’re cutting around, undercut the corner itself, just high enough to slip the arc under.
Follow?
 
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