How To Cut Holes in Travertine Tile

Travertine is a type of stone that has been used for decades and remains quite popular today in the construction business. It is a naturally porous stone that is fashioned from calcium carbonate and lime, melted by moving water and finally deposited on the earth’s outer layer. The variety of natural colors and patterns are caused by iron deposits and other raw impurities that can also contribute to the marbling presence on the stone. The larger pieces of travertine are frequently used for building constructions, footpaths or walkways, and patios. Piecing travertine tiles together can create certain patterns and pictures that are used for decorative purposes. Because travertine is quite soft, drilling into it should not be very difficult. The following ways will be able to help you cut holes into this particular type of tile:

  • First of all, make sure to wear safety goggles or glasses before beginning to drill holes onto your tile. This is very necessary to avoid any bits of tile from entering your eyes while working. Another safety measure to take would be to use a residual current device that will facilitate in the prevention of electric shock.
  • The most important thing to do is determine the size of the hole that you will drill on your tile. This will be the factor that will let you know what system you will use when drilling your hole.
  • Using a marker or sticky pad, mark a point where the centre of your hole would be on the travertine tile.
  • Fasten the proper diamond core bit on your driller making sure that you have a consistent flow of water fixed directly on your drill bit. This will be the cooling agent of the diamond core and will also help in removing any accumulation of tile fragments brought about by the drilling process.
  • Set your electric drill to about 1000 rpm keeping it at its normal mode. It is best to use the “leaning in” method if you have marked your tile using a marker instead of a sticky drive pad. This helps in keeping the drill in place. To follow this method, you need to set your electric drill at an angle to start. Once your drill begins to cut into the tile, move it slowly  to an upright position applying just the right amount of pressure while turning in slowly until you have come up with a good-sized hole. The “leaning in” method is not needed when using a sticky drive pad. Set the drill in an upright position as soon as you start. You need not worry about the drill slipping since the sticky pad keeps it in place. Remove the sticky drive pad when you’re done.
  • When creating holes on tiles that are already attached to a wall, simply drill a fixing hole at the back of the tile. Set your electric drill on “hammer mode.” Pick the right size of a masonry drill bit and attach to your drill. To make sure that the tip doesn’t overheat from usage, set it at a slow speed. The drill bit must be pulled out as often as you can to help in preventing a build-up of dust.

Drilling into travertine tiles may seem a bit difficult for someone who has had no experience with this type of task. However, using the proper tools and following instructions allows you to get the job done in the simplest way. Learning a little bit more from the experts would be a good idea too, so try observing one at work and ask questions when in doubt.


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