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Person using painters, measuring tape and pencil to make marks on wall.

Overview

Find out how to drill through a tiled wall properly. We'll show you some simple techniques to protect the tiles as you drill. You'll also see how to use masking tape for more accurate drilling.

Steps

1Prepare the area before you drill through a tile

Put a drop sheet down to protect your floor. Then measure and mark the tiles where you want your hole. Now put a piece of masking tape over your mark. You can then redraw your mark on the tape to make it clearer. The tape also helps keep your drill bit in place as you drill.
Person using painters, measuring tape and pencil to make marks on wall.

2Drill a hole through the tile

Use a power drill with a special tile drill bit. Apply an even, firm pressure as you drill. This helps protect your tile from cracking. It's also a good idea to keep your hole shallow, just in case there are pipes or wires in the wall. Remove the tape and you're done.
Person drilling into tiled wall, using pre-set mark as a guide.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.