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Would you like to renovate your bathroom or spruce up your kitchen? Then you won’t be able to avoid tiling. However, you don’t have to be a professional to tile walls and floors. All you need is a little patience, steady hands and, of course, the right tools. With our free downloadable checklist, you can put together your tiling tools quickly and easily.
Trowel, spatulas, tile hammer – key tiler tools
Tiling can be roughly divided into five steps. To make it as clear as possible, we will outline the necessary tools for each step, as well as any other useful equipment you might need. In addition to the tiling tools, you will also need tools that every DIYer should have in their collection.
Step 1: Tile tools for work preparation
Good preparation is half the battle. Make sure to check for any hazardous materials or unsafe working areas before beginning any work.
Here’s what you need before you start a tile installation:
- Knee pads and protective clothing: Protect your hands with rubber gloves, while the knee pads make working on the floor more comfortable.
- Filler and levelling compound: Remove any unevenness, cracks and dirt from the subfloor.
- Primer: These products should be selected depending on the material of the substrate to increase the adhesion of the tiles.
- Trowel: The primer can be applied evenly with the tile tool.
Step 2: Mix and apply tile adhesive
The consistency and even application of the tile adhesive is essential for laying tiles neatly on walls and floors. You will need these tile laying tools for this step:
Construction bucket or mortar bucket: Used to mix the tile adhesive
- Mixing paddle: It is best to keep this ready as a drill attachment. It allows you to mix the tile adhesive evenly.
- Tile adhesive: This should match both the tiles and the substrate.
- Tiling trowel: Use this to apply the adhesive.
- Toothed trowel: This is probably the most important tiling tool, because you use it to spread the tile adhesive over the substrate. Pay attention to the size of the teeth, which should match the profile of the back of the tile.
- Bucket of water: Tile adhesive hardens quickly, so clean your tile tool with water in between use.
Step 3: Measuring
Accuracy is needed to ensure that the tiles are laid straight and evenly.
- Folding ruler, pencil, spirit level, plumb bob: These tiling tools help you to mark the tiles and align them correctly.
- Grout spacers or tile lasers: These tile setter tools ensure that an even distance is maintained between the tiles.
Step 4: Tilling tools for cutting and sticking tiles
Tiles must be cut to fit at corners and around obstacles such as sockets and pipes. Special tools are needed to cut tiles cleanly.
(Electric) tile cutter: The tile tool cuts tiles quickly and precisely. For hard tiles, an electric tile cutter with diamond cutting disc is preferred
- Tile drill or Lochboy: Use this tool to cut or punch round holes in the tiles – for example, for sockets.
- Tile nippers: This tool allows you to break off tile edges in a targeted manner.
- Tile hammer: Use the tile hammer to separate pre-scored tile pieces. Experienced tilers can also knock out holes with this tool.
- Rubber mallet: Use the rubber mallet to tap the tiles gently and evenly after gluing.
Step 5: The joints
The spaces between the tiles are filled with grout to finish.
- Grout: Also known as joint mortar, this must be selected to match the primer and tile adhesive.
- Grout spatula: The spatula helps to work the grout evenly into the spaces between the tiles.
- Silicone and cartridge press: The practical tiling tool neatly fills corners and transitions with silicone.
Don’t forget sponges and cloths, which you can use to thoroughly clean the tiles after work and remove mortar residues after working.
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