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When I bought my house four years ago, I had envisioned an entirely different layout than what the house had. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I began knocking out the walls I needed to expand the kitchen and master bedroom. I was pretty good at knocking out the walls, but it was the steps after that that I did not get accomplished as quickly as I would have liked. I decided to hire a general contractor to help me finish the projects that I had started. You can learn about my journey of home improvement failures on my website, so you can avoid the same awful mistakes that I had made.



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The Dos And Don'ts Of Using A Wet Tile Saw

by Alexis Bailey

So, you're looking to update your kitchen or bathroom with a little tile work. And to save money, you've decided to take on the tile job yourself. However, in order to ensure a proper fit for your new ceramic or glass tile, you'll probably need to cut at least a few of the tiles. By purchasing and learning how to use a wet tile saw, you can achieve clean straight-edge, corner, and even notch cuts on just about any type of tile.

DO Wear Eye Protection

Safety first! Always wear eye protection when cutting tile. Even if you wear glasses, you should still don a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes from debris. This is especially true if you'll be working with glass tile, the debris from which could be sharp. Furthermore, it's not a bad idea to wear a respirator mask. When you use a wet tile saw, you're likely to kick up a fair amount of dust and debris, so you want to avoid inhaling those particles as much as possible.

DO Set on a Level Surface

Your saw may or may not have come with an adjustable saw table, which makes it easy to ensure that the saw is placed on a flat, level surface. Even if you don't have a saw table, you'll want to set your saw on a level, sturdy surface. This will help to ensure that you get a clean, even, and accurate cut. As preparation, you should also fill the saw pan with water and test it to ensure that a steady stream of water is being fed to the saw before you begin.

DON'T Work Indoors 

Finally, any time you're working with a saw that's going to kick up debris, it's in your best interest to work outdoors. Not only will this leave you with less of a mess to clean up, but also you can rest assured that your work area will be properly ventilated. If you must work indoors (due to inclement weather, for example), be sure that you're in a well ventilated area such as a garage with the door open or a room with plenty of fans running and windows open. Covering any nearby furniture with plastic sheeting can also help make clean-up easier.

Using a wet tile saw can help speed up your tiling project and ensure that it looks its best. Just be sure to keep these tips in mind as you use your wet tile saw. For more information, contact a business such as Star Tile Co Marble Tiles.