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How to Cut Tile Around Outlets

Today’s tutorial shares how to cut tile around outlets.

This project can be a challenge without the right tools.

We recently got Montolit’s Squadro angle grinder blade specifically for this video.

The Squadro’s diameter is 3 3/8″, which makes it perfect for cutting electrical outlets in tile.

Let’s dive in!


The Montolit Squadro: Why It’s Awesome

Angle grinders are great tools for cutting ceramic or porcelain tile.

And 4.5 inch diamond blades are typically great for long cuts.

But the Montolit Squadro has a smaller radius than a 4.5 inch blade.

Montolit Squadro Outlet

This makes the Squadro an excellent blade for cutting the short side of outlets in tile.

Plus, the shorter radius prevents overcuts and a gives more professional finished look.

The Squadro can cut ceramic, porcelain, granite, and marble.

Angle Grinder Basics for Cutting Tile

Safety is imperative when using angle grinders.

This is particularly true when using a diamond blade.

Dust from tile is terrible to inhale, and we highly recommend using the Sundstrom Silica Dust Respirator Kit.

Sundstrom Silica Respirator

It’s well worth the money and will protect your lungs from harmful irritants.

Also, good safety glasses and hearing protection are important.

Always look at the angle grinder’s maximum RPM and the blade’s maximum RPM.

It’s best to make sure the angle grinder blade’s max RPM is more than the angle grinder’s RPM.

For example, the Fein WSG7-115 is rated at 12,000 RPM.

Grinder RPM

The Montolit Squadro is rated at 18,000 RPM.

So these two tools can be used together.

Furthermore, the arrow on the angle grinder should line up with the arrow on the blade.

Montolit Squadro Arrow

Tighten down the blade on the grinder while it’s unplugged or without the battery.

Cutting Around Outlets with the Squadro

What’s the best way to start cutting an outlet in a tile?

Start the cut on the finished side of the tile.

Short Side Cut

And complete the cut on the opposite side of the tile.

Back Side Tile Cut

Patience and a keen eye along with the Montolit Squadro will help make perfect cut tile around outlets.

Watch our video for all the details

What’s Next

Outlets can slow up a tile project in bathrooms or kitchens.

But the Squadro and WSG7-115 can make it easy.

Montolit also has great manual tile cutters like the Masterpiuma, which can also cut glass tile.

If you’re doing a bathroom remodel and need help, join one of our online courses – they’ll make your bathroom renovation much easier!

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help.



Montolit Squadro

  1. Vic says:

    I’m a contractor. I like seeing some of the stuff you guys review. I recently completed a remodel using Wedi Fundo Ligno walk in shower stall. It turned out beautifully. I’ve also been using KBRS shower pans for years and am big fan them also. Thanks again, even as contractor I enjoy seeing things that could improve my projects.

    Take care,

    1. Thanks Vic, always great to read a comment like yours. Both KBRS and Wedi have solid shower systems. We’re going to have a video that shows how to install KBRS’s ShowerSlope. We really liked that installation, again, super simple. If you have any suggestions for videos let us know, we’re all in.

  2. Martina says:

    Hi Jeff,
    Thank you so much for the tutorial- very detailed and informative! I was wondering what type of approach you would use for cutting brittle porcelain tile? We are currently remodeling our home and are now getting ready to tackle our backsplash. We used your method outlined above (with a standard 4″ diamond blade), however, every time we tried to cut out the outlet line, the tile snapped. After five damaged tiles, we gave up. Is there a different approach when cutting outlet openings for 1/2″ thick porcelain tile?
    Thanks for your time and input!

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