How to Drill a Hole in a Tile and Add Bathroom Accessories (Step-by-Step)

How to Drill a Hole in a Tile and  Add Bathroom Accessories (Step-by-Step)

Today we’re going to discuss how to drill
a hole in a tile, specifically how to drill a hole in porcelain tile or ceramic tile.
We’re also going to share some tips on how to mount bathroom accessories.
This is the Milwaukee Diamond Plus Mini Hole Saw for drilling through tiles. You can use
it for porcelain, ceramic, granite, tile, glass, marble, slate; you name it. And you
want to spray the surface of your tile and then begin drilling at a 45° and slowly pivot
it to a 90° and oscillate the tool back and forth. We’ll show you how to do this.
This is what the mini hole saw looks like. There’s a slug ejection slot for ejecting
the slugs of tile. And those are the little diamonds on the tip for cutting through tile.
So like I said at the beginning, we’re going to be installing some TR series American Standard
bathroom accessories. We’re using a laser level to do this. It makes it a lot easier.
You don’t have to use one, but it is a great tool.
All right, so we’re going to put in this American Standard toilet paper hanger. Basically
off the instructions, it’s 6” from the center of each one of these plates that you
got to mount to the wall. We have tile here, obviously. A lot of people feel that going
right into a grout joint is a better bet. I’d say that’s not too bad if you have
blocking behind here if you planned ahead of time and actually had some blocking behind
here. Otherwise, I would go with going on the tile itself because really the plug that
you install is going to hold better into the tile and the backer board than just going
into a grout joint. If you have wood blocking, by all means go into the grout joint if you
like. If not, I would just try to get on the tile.
Now in general, this bathroom is pretty tight. Kind of a rule of thumb that I’ve been kind
of sticking with is 8” off the top of the toilet and then wherever room is comfortable
in front. But in this situation, 8” is all the way to the top here, and you wouldn’t
be able to get a toilet paper roll in without hitting your sill here.
So we have our laser up. So obviously you want to make sure that your handles are going
to look good. So I’m actually going to want to go down below the grout joint all the way.
I feel like it’s going to look better if I have it fully on the tile and not on the
grout joint. So something like that. So you just want to keep it far enough away that
you have legroom. Just mark our top to bottom here. Will measure
over 6” from the center of that. Your set screw goes into this indentation, so you’re
going to have to point this down. So make sure that we’re on the laser in the center
and mark that this way. So we actually did it the opposite way here.
Start drilling through the tile at a 45° angle then tilt your drill to a 90°. This
is a ¼” bit. And remember to preserve the bits on the end of that drill bit. You want
to dip it into water every 3 to 5 seconds. So this is ceramic tile. It’s about ¼”
thick. It’s not really a hard tile. And it was easy for us to drill through it with
our diamond bit. So again 45° to a 90° to start drilling through the tile. It’ll take
you a few seconds depending on the thickness of the tile to get this done. So once you
have the holes drilled, the next step is to add plastic plug. We needed four, as you can
see here. And we’d lightly tap them into the ceramic tile using a hammer. You can also
use a rubber mallet for this if you’re scared of breaking that tile.
So clean the tile off with a damp sponge. And then you can add the mounting brackets
using the provided screws. Be careful not to over-tighten the screws because that could
break your tile. And then you have a little set screw on your bathroom accessory that
you can tighten down over that bracket. So it’s really, really simple. We put together
this bathroom toilet paper holder, and it really complemented the small bathroom, as
you can see here. And it is a very, very tight bathroom.
The next step for us was to do the exact same process for a towel bar. Again just drilling
at a 45° then at a 90° and taking your time. You definitely want to take your time with
this kind of a project. Tapping those plastic inserts into the wall. Unscrewing the set
screw. And then tightening it down onto the bracket. So again this towel bar really turned
out nice and complemented the style of the bathroom. By the way, we also have a video
on how to install the toilet and this Ravena sink.
This is a different project that we were working on. The tile was porcelain. Much harder. About
3/8” thick. We took our time doing this. And you’ll notice that you will not break
the tile if you use this method. So we needed two holes for the bracket. We were installing
a shower rod in this modern shower. And that’s why we needed two holes. This is what that
bracket was attaching to—that shower rod that was going into the glass.
Hopefully you got some great tips in today’s video. If you do have any questions, please
let us know. We also have our free guide on bathroom remodeling, which you can get by
clicking right here. That’ll take you over to Home Repair Tutor where you can get the
guide for free. So that’s it for today. Thanks so much for
watching the video. We’ll see you in the next one. Take care.

12 thoughts on “How to Drill a Hole in a Tile and Add Bathroom Accessories (Step-by-Step)

  1. Please make a video on how to cut tiles without breaking. I have a small tile cutter with diamond wheel that always break the tile. Maybe I am using it wrong?

  2. I have a question. I am finishing up my first tiling job and I added too much thin set in some tiles and the thin set seeped through the tile joints. Any idea on how to remove the thin set from the joints before I grout the joints?


  3. Man first time i drilled into ceramic tiles it took me many hours to make 6 holes using these arrow drill bits!!

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