But until then, we had one last thing we had to prep before the plumbers could install the tub, and that's cutting holes in our tub base & tile for the faucet.
Bear with me on some awful night time photos, but as you can see our drop-in tub doesn't have the holes for the faucet. It will instead be on the tub surround that Justin built. So before the plumbers can install the faucet, they need three little holes cut to place it.
So today we're here to share how to drill holes into a marble tile.
Step 1: Follow the instructions from your tub faucet on spacing of the holes for your faucet and make sure that the spout will be positioned close enough to the tub so the water makes it into the tub.
Step 2: After measuring and positioning where you'll be cutting the three holes (Justin marked the spots on blue painters tape so he could see his marks) start drilling your first hole with a Carbide-Grit Hole Saw attached to your drill.
Make sure you keep the tile wet, just like you would when you're cutting the tile to lay. Justin used a bottle of water to wet the tile every couple of minutes.
As you can see in the photo on the above right, a watery ooze will start to come out from the tile & hole saw. That's normal! This is from the cement board that you're cutting through below the tile.
Continue to drill until you've made it through both the tile & cement board. Below is what ours looked like once we got through those two layers.
Step 3: Depending on how your tub surround is built, you'll likely have some plywood that you need to drill through as well. To cut through this, Justin used a 1-1/4" spade bit (the same size as our carbied hole saw) on his drill.
Step 4: Lastly, take out the parts from your tub faucet just to make sure that they fit nicely into the three holes you've drilled.
And there you have it. Three pretty little holes all ready for the plumbers.
Now, who's as excited as I am to see the finished bathroom!?
Want to see our other tile projects? Learn how to round tile edges and corners or check out all of our tile progress in the Master Bathroom.
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