00:03 Speaker 1: Bloody hell. Oop! The missus is gonna kill me. Oh! Is this even the right
bit? I don't know.
00:31 S1: Was that you in that video? Don't worry about it, I'll get you sorted out. G'day
knuckleheads, Uncle Knacker's here and welcome to Video 7 on my 10-part series titled "My
Top 10 DIY Tips" as nominated by you, and today we are looking how to drill a hole through
a ceramic tile. It's a really simple job, so let's get stuck into it.
00:52 S1: The first thing that I do before I start drilling, especially in a bathroom,
is to cover up any surfaces that you don't want to get damaged because you never know
you may drop a drill bit or a hammer onto those surfaces and cause some damage. So you
don't want that. So, first things first, a bit of protection. Now the number one thing
you have to know about drilling a hole through a ceramic tile is that you just can't use
a normal everyday drill bit, one like this here. We've all seen them before and they're
great for going through metal and timber, things like that, but they aren't that flash
at going through a ceramic tile.
01:29 S1: The one that we need is this carbide-tipped masonry bit. You see there the end's a little
bit different to a normal conventional drill bit. Now if you're still not sure, not exactly
confident, just duck on down to your local hardware shop, tell them what you're doing
and they'll point you in the right direction. Ah, just a really quick little tip, if you're
trying to drill through a porcelain tile this carbide-tipped masonry bit won't cut the mustard.
You need a special drill bit for going through porcelain tiles, they're extremely hard. Just
thought I'd let you know.
02:08 S1: The first step in drilling the hole is to locate where you want your fixture to
be put and then grab some tape, some masking tape or some painter's tape and put it over
that spot, just do it in an X, like that. Now mark where you want the fixture to go
or the hole to go with a bit of texter like that. Now the purpose of this tape is that
it prevents your drill bit from slipping all over the place and it also adds a bit of protection
to the tile face from splintering when drilling through the tile.
02:47 S1: Now another thing I like to do prior to drilling the hole and to stop the drill
bit from slipping all over the place, is with my pointy-nosed punch or you can use a hardened
nail, like a concrete nail, something like that, is we want to drill a hole, get your
punch and just very lightly tap it. Just very lightly, like that. And all this does is just
take a little bit glaze off the top of the tile and gives us a starting point for our
drill, so it doesn't slip.
03:25 S1: Now with the drill itself, you'll see that on most drills these days, you have
a number of settings across the top here. That's a hammer there, hammer setting, and
that's your normal drill setting. Don't have it set on hammer when drilling through a ceramic
tile. Have it set on normal drill mode.
03:48 S1: Alrighty. Our drill bit's in place, now I'll just put this little rubber stopper.
What the hell? What is that for? It's a little secret tip I've got. And I did a video on
this a few months ago and I'll put the link to it in the description below. Make sure
you check it out, it's a great little tip.
04:09 S1: Okay, we're ready to drill. Put our drill bit on our mark and just slowly
and with modest pressure start drilling the hole.
04:43 S1: Just modest pressure. We're going through quite easily really. We're almost
through, almost through. There you go.
05:00 S1: Done. Too easy. Now what you do is take the tape off, like that, and there's
your hole ready for your fixture to be installed. Too easy. You can do this stuff. And to attach
your fixture, all you need is one of these plugs, which is the same size as the hole
that you just drilled. It goes in there like that, you tap him in, and cut him off. Flush
with the surface.
05:43 S1: Great tip knackers! How easy was that? That was an absolute ripper! So there
you go, Video 7 done and dusted. Video 8 coming up in the next week or two, so stay tuned
for that one. And please, as per usual, if you found this video useful or you just don't
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06:17 S1: Now, time for these two bonus tips. Tip number 1, if you're drilling a hole, bigger
than about 6 millimetres, it's a good idea to drill a pilot hole first. It'll make drilling
that bigger hole a lot easier. Tip number 2, don't be a slacker and drill a hole through
the grout line because you think it's gonna be easier to drill; it will be, but there's
a big chance of splintering both of those tiles and you don't want that. Save yourself
the grief and do it properly. That's it. I'm out of here. See yeah.