Tiling tools: Understanding the basics

Author: dpinning  //  Category: DIY Tips, Home Improvements, Interior Design

Tiling is one of the most rewarding DIY jobs there is, and can result in an instant upgrade to the bathroom, kitchen, or floors of a house.  Here is a quick guide to some of the basic tools that you will need for most tiling jobs.

•    A chinagraph pencil (also known as a grease pencil) is used for making a mark on tiles and other ceramic surfaces.  You can use this to identify which tiles need to be cut, and where.

•    A tile saw (also known as a wet saw) is an electric saw designed for cutting tiles.  This tool might be overkill for some smaller DIY projects, but if you have a lot of tiles to cut it will be worth hiring one for the job.

•    A tile scorer will score ceramic tiles.  Be certain to check the blade regularly as it can become blunt quickly (particularly from overuse).

•    A manual platform tile cutter will cut most tiles quickly and efficiently, and will handle most small DIY tiling jobs with ease.

•    Tile files are used for smoothing tile corners.

•    Tile nibblers are used to remove the narrow strips from tile edges.  Remember that you will need to score the tile first.

•    Tile spacers help to ensure even and uniform spacing between each tile.

•    An adhesive spreader is used to apply the tile adhesive and can help to ensure that the right amount is used, so that there is no waste.

One Response to “Tiling tools: Understanding the basics”

  1. Charlie Says:

    These tools are easily available and aren’t expensive so there is no excuse for not having the right tiling equipment.

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