It does not matter how much you want to avoid it, there will be always some sort of home improvement tasks lying just around the corner. However, the challenge faced by the homemakers is that there is more than one of a kind tool that is required for these amendments or improvements. No matter if you are on the quest to tile a brand new floor, or giving the bathroom walls a much-needed redo – you definitely are going to need a tile saw for all that. However, you might be wondering at the moment that what exactly is a tile saw?
A wet tile saw is known to be one of the most important tools when you are repairing the old tiles or maybe looking for new ones. Why are they called ‘Wet’ tile saw? This name is given to the tool because it uses water to cool the tile down when it is cutting it. The next question that comes into your mind might be why does it need cooling at all? This is because the tile saw forces a groove on the tile because of which quite a large amount of friction is caused. This resistance generates heat & if that heat is left to build up, it can be the reason for the saw to stop cutting & also bind up.
To not face this problem, the wet tiles saw equipment use a steady water stream that runs down the blade of the saw to cool down the tiles while the saw is cutting them. This might sound and also look like a bit of a messy price, however, it is quite effective!
However, before we dive more into the process, what you need to remember is to use protective gear when performing this activity. Do not forget to check the tools and see if they are certified or not. Doing this makes sure that the tool is not defected or disqualified for use, and it will not harm you in any way.
How To Use A Tile Saw?
How to use a tile saw is probably one of the next questions that come into your mind. Here is an easy step by step guide for the same :
1. Making Connections
You will usually find in general that connecting all the wires correctly in the wet tile saw device is quite a difficult task at hand. However, this might only be because we want to get everything right. The wet tile saw model is somewhat described as:
Bottom – The incoming of clean water from the garden hose.
Top, Right – Electricity entering in the saw.
Top, Left – The draining of waste or extra water in a bucket.
A wet tile saw May or may not have a pump – it all depends on the type of model.
2. Bucket Placing
The wastewater in the device flows down through the hose of the wet tile saw into a bucket. The bucket used must actually be lower than the device for allowing the draining of water. If you stop looking at it as a spaghetti mess, it is only a long garden hose with one end tied in the bucket and the other end tied to the wet tile saw.
3. A Drip Loop
One of the biggest parts of making use of a hand tile saw is electrical safety. Usually, on any tool, you really want to keep water and electricity apart from each other, several exceptions always exist. A drip loop assists in presenting the water from dripping down a cord and also in the outlet. It is also lower than both the loop and the saw. Here, you can save money on safety glasses – they are a must.
4. Turning on the Water
The next step in the process is to turn on the flow of water in the saw. You also have to make sure that the water is not flowing at such a speed that it splashes outside of the draining tray of the device.
5. Ensuring the Constant Water Flow to the Blade
The flow of the water must be free around the callous end of the blade. If this is not the case, do not begin the cutting. By doing so you might be taking risk of breaking the blade, gunning it, breaking off the tile or maybe even a serious injury for yourself. The water assists in keeping both the tile & also the blade in being cool, also preventing the small particles from flowing around.
6. Turn on the Power
Firstly, make sure that your hands are dry and then make sure that the blade is not touching anything. Then make sure your other hand is not on the saw and then finally, turn on the power.
7. Pushing the Tile
The next step in the process is to make sure that the head of the rotating blade is stationary. It is the work tray that slides into the blade. You have to give the tray an easy and slow push, the blade will quite easily cut the tile.
You should also try to keep your hand out of the cut, to keep the hand out of danger.
After you set up a wet saw and follow all these procedures you have to make sure that all the tiles are cut properly in a smooth manner. Here are the conditions that you must be looking at to verify that the tool is in optimal condition – The blade must be rotating in complete speed. The tile that has to be split must be continuously moving towards the blade at regular speed. The water must be flowing freely and uniformly around the cutting area and the blade. Also, make sure that there are no particles flowing around the blade.
All these are the essentials in assuring the optimal status of the wet saw. As you can see, it is not difficult to understand how to use a wet tile saw; and you might as well learn how to because you never know when the need arises!