How to Lay Ceramic Floor Tile Around the Floor Drain

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Laying tile on a floor is a straightforward job until you get to the floor drain. Floor tiles are square, and the drain is round. But it's not as difficult as you might think. By using one power tool and a blade, you can quickly cut tiles to fit. The power tool that you will use is a 4-inch grinder with a masonry blade. This tool will cut tile to any shape that you need.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • 4-inch grinder
  • 4-inch masonry blade
  • Cut cardboard into squares the same size as the tile you are installing. This can be done by laying a tile on top of the cardboard, and cutting around it with a utility knife. Cut the same amount of cardboard tiles as ceramic tiles that are needed to fit around the drain.

  • Place a cardboard tile next to the drain in the same place, as you would set a ceramic tile. Use the utility knife to cut the curved shape of the floor drain into the cardboard tile. Repeat this process for every tile that you need to fit around the drain.

  • Place the first cardboard template on top of a ceramic tile. Align the cardboard template evenly with the ceramic tile, and trace the pattern of the template onto the tile. Continue this process for every tile that you need by using the templates you cut out of cardboard.

  • Put on safety glasses and a dust mask. Using a grinder creates dust that can irritate the eyes and lungs. You could also end up with small particles of tile in your eyes.

  • Place a traced tile on a solid surface. Hold it down with one hand, and use the grinder to cut out the traced portion of tile. Set the tile in place and continue this process with each tile that you marked with a template to fit around the drain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a wet saw to cut out the curved area of tile if you do not have a grinder. This is done by tracing the curve onto a tile and cutting thin straight lines toward the pencil mark with the tile saw. The thin cuts can be knocked out by lightly tapping them with a scrap piece of tile or any small hand tool.

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  • Photo Credit Tile image by Kerry Adamo from Fotolia.com
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