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Drilling through tile is one thing, but doing it so you can properly clean up as you’re working is another.

Knowing the best way to tidy up as you drill will save you a whole lot of time and a whole lot of headaches.

Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, shares his proven techniques to ensure that bathroom drilling projects don’t devolve into big messes in a recent installment of Alure Home Improvements’ “60 Second Fix: How To Drill A Hole In Tile With Little Clean Up,” so viewers can do the job right.

As Doug instructed in his “60 Second Fix: How To Drill Through Tile Without Cracking It,” there’s a right way and a wrong way to penetrate bathroom wall tile. You don’t want the drill bit to slip, because a mistake can never be fixed. In that case, you’d have to replace the tile. For that reason, Doug recommends using a pointed spade masonry bit.

But as the dust flies from the spinning drill, the last thing you want to do is let that cloud of debris wind up on the bathroom floor.

No, there has to be a better way.

Fortunately, there is. And the solution is so simple you’re probably going to ask yourself: Why didn’t I think of this before? Perhaps you have; if so, good for you. But for those who haven’t, here’s a tip you can all use to make the job’s cleanup go so much faster that you may have to stop yourself from seeing how many holes you can drill just for the fun of it.

In this example, Doug has made his mark on the tile. But that’s only the first step.

Here’s what you do next: Before you start drilling, tape a paper cup to the wall right below where you intend to drill.

“Take the cup and put a piece of tape on the inside,” says Doug.

Here, he uses black electrical tape because he knows it will stick to the tile, hold the cup in place and be easy to remove once he’s done drilling.

As he shows, he starts drilling slowly until he sees that the drill is biting into the surface.

“See the dust fly!” exclaims Doug.

“Once we start to go through, we can speed it up!” he says.

As the camera zooms in, Doug happily explains that “you can see the dust falling right into the cup!”

He won’t stop drilling until the penetration is completed. Once he’s through, he’s through.

“We’ve successfully drilled through the tile, and even more successfully,” says Doug, “we didn’t make a mess. We have it all in the cup!”

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Thanks to Doug Cornwell and Alure Home Improvements, that simple little tip can leave you with no mess, no fuss, just a nice little hole in the tile, right where it belongs.

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