If you are up for a bit of DIY at home, embarking on a bit of tiling is a great project. However, as with most DIY tasks, you will need a number of tiling tools to get your tiling off to the best start. Apart from a tile cutter, the majority of the tools are relatively cheap and can be bought online or from most DIY stores.
Assuming that you already have the tiles, adhesive and grout, below are some of the tiling tools required.
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What Tools Are Needed For Tiling?
Possibly one of the most important parts of any tiling project is measuring up accurately. Whether you need to calculate how many tiles are required, any cuts that are needed or how to lay the tiles, a measuring tape is an essential tool.
Marking Pencil or Pen
Once you have measured up the tiles, guide lines or holes for pipes, you will then need to mark the area. Whether you use a whiteboard pen or pencil, the choice is completely up to you. If you choose to use a pen, ensure that it isn’t a permanent marker because it can be near enough impossible to remove on certain tiles. If you want to use a pencil, we recommend investing into chinagraph pencils as they are great for marking on a wide array of tiles.
Unless you are extremely lucky to have equal walls or floors for your tiles, you are more than likely going to have to make a few cuts. In order to do this, you are going to need a tile cutter, which is available as a manual or electric cutter. Some of the latest and best rated tile cutters allow you to effortlessly cut a range of tiles with ease.
Although not necessarily needed for all tiling projects, an angle grinder with a diamond blade allows you to make specific cuts. An example cut may be cutting in the middle of a tile in order to install a flush plate.
Diamond Drill Bits
Another tiling tool that may not be required for all projects is a diamond drill bit, which is used to drill through tiles. This may be a requirement for pipes, tap connections or even a toilet brush or roll holder. Attempting to drill into the tile with a normal drill bit may produce too much heat and crack the tile.
Electric Mixer and Rubber Buckets
Once all of the tiles have been measured up and cut accordingly, you are then ready to begin laying down the tiles. This will require a suitable adhesive to be mixed up using with water inside of a rubber bucket.
Depending upon your budget, you may wish to invest into a paddle mixer, which is available in a wide range of specifications. Alternatively, if you own a durable cordless screwdriver, you can get an attachment that allows you to mix up the adhesive (as shown in the image below).
Once the adhesive has been mixed up, you will want to use a tile trowel to spread it on the floors or walls. If you are spreading adhesive upon the floor, we would recommend a square notched trowel as it will provide a thicker bed for the tiles. If you are tiling walls, curved notches are the best type of tile trowel to use.
Spirit Level/Tile Leveling System
In order to avoid any uneven tiles and improve the finished results, it’s crucial that you ensure the tiles are leveled out before the adhesive sets. You can either use a spirit level or a tile leveling system that can be adjusted to suit the thickness of your tiles.
Rubber Grout Floats
Once the tiles have been laid and the adhesive is completely set, you can begin to grout the tiles. The grout needs to fill the spaces between the tiles and lock them together to avoid any movement. The best way to grout the tiles is to use a rubber grout float, which allows you to spread grout and achieve a great finish with ease.
To create consistent spacing between all of your tiles, you will require tile spacers, which are available in a range of sizes to best suit your requirements.
Once you have successfully laid the tiles and applied the grout, you will want to begin cleaning up. The best way of doing so is to use a dedicated tile sponge, which is more heavy duty than a standard alternative. This specific type of sponge makes clearing up the grout residue far more easier.
All the above tools are pretty much essential for perfecting any tiling project but there are plenty of additional tools too. For example, if you are tiling a bathroom, you may want to use some silicone sealant upon any of the edges. Other optional tools include knee pads, tile nippers, a rubber mallet, scraper and much more. You may even with to paint the tiles once they have been cut to size, which will require a specific paint.