Don’t worry if you find yourself needing to drill into ceramic tiles to attach an accessory in the bathroom, laundry or kitchen; the required hole(s) can be drilled with a normal masonry drill bit.
In the following example I installed three dispensers in the shower area.
- Electric drill and masonry drill bit.
- Spirit level.
- Depending on the screws, a flathead or Philips screwdriver.
- Measuring tape.
- Tape (masking or insulation tape will do).
- Silicon (optional).
Step 1 – If you are working over a basin or in the shower area place a towel over the drain holes in case you drop a screw; it will also protect the tiles or basin if something heavier is accidentally dropped.
After deciding where you want the accessory to go, place a piece of tape over the area before marking the final position using the pencil. Note: The tape helps prevent the drill bit from slipping and scratching the surface.
Note: Before drilling into the walls always check that there are no hidden cables or pipes; this is extremely important when using power tools near water.
Step 2 – As I was installing three items I used a straight edge and spirit level to make sure the markings were all level. You may also wish to refer to A Quick Guide to Using a Spirit Level. I also used a measuring tape to ensure I had the correct spacing and they were all at the same height. Note: Always double and triple check the position of your measurements before drilling the holes.
Step 3 – Drill the holes on slow speed, especially when you think you are about to punch through the tile. Note: again, after drilling the holes for each fitting, I re-checked the measurements.
Insert the wall plugs that came with the product and affix the mounting brackets to the wall with the screws.
Note: depending on where you are attaching the accessory, you may wish to also apply some silicon around each hole to ensure the area is waterproof.