Fifth, cutting around obstacles.
Though I personally think cutting around obstructions is a form of art, one of which my Daddy had mastered, I’ll give you some tips I use to help me cut around pipes and, in my case, flexible conduit.
Before you can measure for the obstacle you must first make sure to cut the tile to fit as if the obstacle was not in the way. Once that’s done, check as well as you can that the tile fits by checking first the depth and then the width will fit.
- With the tile laid as near in place as possible next to the obstacle, mark the front and back with small lines of ink.
- Using the sliding ruler, find the measurement from the wall (or edge of the tile if in the middle of the area you are covering) to the outside of the obstacle. If the obstacle is further from the wall than six inches you’ll need to use a larger ruler. Masking tape or a pencil mark can help keep your place for the next step.
- Using the slide ruler, mark the tile accordingly.
- Use the slide ruler to measure the width from the measurement found in # 1 to make a square where you’ll need to cut out a circle.
Cut a straight line from the edge of the tile to where the hole starts, then cut the hole. The best way to cut anything with curves or round, is to move the object you are cutting and not the scissors.
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