Dry cutting method
Author: The Avaire Team
Date: 5/24/2008 7:31 pm EDT
We are delighted to tell you about a new method we've discovered for straight cuts with Avaire tile that does not require a wet saw! While it won't work for every cut, and you'll always need a wetsaw or grinder for compound cuts, it will work for the majority of your straight cuts.
Step 1: At the perimeter of the tray inline with the planned cut, use a utility knife or side cutter and carefully cut the perimeter of the tray up to the tile.
Step 2: Using a "scoring" or "snap" tile cutter, score the top of the tile and snap it like a normal porcelain tile.
Step 3: "Open" the top of the tile just enough to fit a utility knife blade into the gap. Laying one edge on a table top will make it easier.
Step 3: Carefully cut the plastic tray from the topside inside the gap between the two pieces of tile.
Step 4: If 1-2 strokes with the utility knife is not sufficient to cut the tray, it will usually break once scored.
Limitations of the method:
1) If the amount being removed is less than a few inches, it may be difficult to "open" the gap between the two pieces. For narrow cuts, a wetsaw may still be required.
2) Don't over "open" the gap - it can put extra stress on the adhesive bond between the tray and the tile. Generally speaking, you need to open the gap just enough to insert the blade.
3) Compound cuts will still require a wet saw or grinder.
4) As with traditional tile, sometimes a scoring cutter can leave a jagged or non-straight edge. Angle cuts can also be challenging with a scoring cutter.
We will publish some videos of this method on the website sometime in the next few weeks.
The Avaire Team