Tools for installing tile

This article is about tools for installing tile. In this step by step guide we show you the main tools you need to install tile from the very beginning up to the last stages of your project. Installing ceramic tile is not a complex task, provided you use the right tools and materials. Consequently, you should pay attention to our tips, work with great care and patience and you will get the desired result in a very short amount of time.

Basically, in order to install ceramic tile you need cutting tools, tools for mixing and spreading tile adhesive and tools for making sure the tile installation is done properly. We will try to show you the main tools required when installing tile, but this is not the place to talk about the main techniques. Check out the ceramic tile projects, to learn how to install tile as a professional, step by step.

 

 

Tools for mixing adhesive

Drill and adhesive mixing paddle

Drill and adhesive mixing paddle

 

First of all, you need a good drill machinery with torque control in order to mix tile adhesive. This stage is essential for the success of your project, so if you want to install tile as a professional, you need to buy a good drill machinery and attach to it a mixing pallet.

Smart tip: The drill machinery should have torque control, as you have to change the speed while mixing the adhesive. You can also prepare adhesive by hand, using a margin trowel, but you won’t get the same quality.

 

Mixing tile adhesive

Mixing tile adhesive

 

When mixing tile adhesive, you have to make sure you won’t get your room dirty, so you have to place a large piece of paper (an old newspaper is ideal) or an old rug, under the rubber bucket.

Mix the adhesive in the following manner: at first use lower speeds, then you can increase the speed gradually. The mixing process should take about 3-5 minutes. Remember that you have to let the adhesive soak water for at least 10 minutes before spreading it on the floor.

 

 

Tools for spreading tile adhesive

Notched float for tile

Notched float for tile

 

In order to spread an even layer or tile adhesive, you have to use a notched trowel. Consequently, although they come in many dimensions, you have to purchase at least one notched float. If you already have one, you must clean it from any residues before using it again.

Smart tip: As you can notice, two sides of the trowel are straight, as the other are notched. In this way, you are able to spread the adhesive on the surface in a professional manner.

 

Spreading adhesive on concrete wall

Spreading adhesive on concrete wall

 

In order to spread tile adhesive, you have to work with patience and great care. First, you have to load tile adhesive on the float by using a margin trowel and spread it on the wall/floor, with the straight side.

After you have spread it on the surface, you have to comb it by using the notched side, holding the trowel at about 45º. In order to get a proper adhesive bed, you have to comb the adhesive several times, by using semi-circular moves.

 

 

Cutting ceramic tiles

Clean ceramic tile snap

Clean ceramic tile snap

 

When installing tile, you need to cut tiles as to fit around walls, door jambs or other obstacles. Consequently, you need to use either a score and snap tile cutter or a wet saw.

Buying a score and snap cutter is a smart choice, as it comes at a low price and it is extremely versatile. Consequently, by using this tool you will be able to make around 90% of all possible cuts. By using a score-and-snap cutter, you won’t be able to make sound cuts inside the tiles or other complex cuts.

 

Cutting tile with a wet saw

Cutting tile with a wet saw

 

The Wet Tile Saw is one of the best tools when talking about cutting ceramic tiles. If you choose to buy a wet saw, you will be able to cut tiles diagonally, to make complex  and simple cuts very quickly.

Basically, a wet saw uses water to cool down the blade and to avoid creating dust. Using a wet saw is not difficult, if you read carefully the manufacturer’s guidelines and work with patience. Wear eye protection and a respiratory mask while using the wet saw.

 

 

Tools for installing tile

L-square

L-square

 

There are many cases when you need to adjust the size of the tiles, otherwise they won’t fit into place. In order to get the job done as a professional, you need to take accurate measurements. Therefore, use an L-square or a tape measure to make accurate measurements on the tiles, before cutting them.

Smart tip: When taking the measurements, you should always take into account the clearance space between the tiles, as well as the gap between the tiles and the wall.

 

Tapping tiles to make them level

Tapping tiles to make them level

 

When installing ceramic tile, you may have to tap them with a mallet, to make them level. Consequently, you have to use one of these rubber hammers to tap gently the tiles, until they are perfectly level.

Smart tip: In order to check the check if the floor is level, or if the wall is plumb, you have to use a spirit level. This is a basic toll which proves to be essential when installing ceramic tile, either on wall or on floor.

 

Using a spirit level

Using a spirit level

 

As we have already pointed out, a spirit level is one of those tools that help you assess the quality of your work. After install the tiles you should check if the surface is perfectly level. Place the level on the tiles in every direction to check if the tiles are horizontal or plumb.

If the surface is not level, you should remove the tiles using a trowel. Don’t apply too much pressure, otherwise you might damage the tiles. Clean the adhesive and spread it again on the surface. Use a sponge to clean the excess material.

 

 

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