Drilling holes into tile?

Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
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Are masonry drill bits the right choice for drilling holes into tile? or are there specialty tile bits?
I will be mounting a grab bar in a bathtub area.
 

shawn

shawn
Senior User
You can buy carbide bits designed for tile at lowes or ace. They typically come in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch. They don't require a hammer drill but use a low rpm sow you don't burn the bit.
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FlyingRon

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Ron
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Corporate Member
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The one above will work, but they also make small diamond abrasive coring bits that work nicely as well.
 

Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
DQ
thanks, I picked a set up like Shawn showed, and they worked great.

Thanks for the generous offer Phil - I think these will be useful additions to my own tool set.

John - What are pled bits? "pled bits for porcelain tile"
 
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Gotcha6

Dennis
Corporate Member
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A caveat to doing this - If you are mounting a grab bar, you should secure it into a stud or some other solid backing. Ceramic tile and whatever backer board it may be adhered to can fail, and a bathtub grab bar is NOT a place you want a failure (think concussions, hemorrhages, skull fractures, Michael A DeMayo sending you a subpoena). Secure it well.
 

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