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Essential Accessories for Tiling

Tiling is a popular DIY project for many homeowners but you need to have some background knowledge of it that includes knowing what tools and accessories to use. Having the right accessories can help you be more productive and precise when it comes to tiling.

Whether you are working with small or large tiles

You will need to use a tile cutter so that you can cut tiles to fit into compact spaces and to ensure tiles can fit around obstacles. There are also manual and electric options for tile cutters. If you are doing this as a DIY project, you can even hire a tile cutter for the duration or have the tiles cut to the right size by a professional. Before you cut the tile, a scoring wheel is used in the manual tile cutter to ensure there is a clean break. This makes for precise tiling and helps you create intricate designs.

Something you may forget when tiling is to keep even grout lines. In a larger area, if you don’t keep consistent spacing between the tiles, the unevenness of the grout lines can be highly noticeable. There is no fixed spacing recommended for grout lines; it is a matter of personal preferences. To help you keep a consistent amount of space between each tile for the grout, you can use tile spacers. These come in different sizes so that you can choose which fits better for your job.

If you want

To create custom designs with your project, you will need to use a tile saw. This also allows you to cut tile so that it fits around obstacles. The tile saw comes with a diamond tipped blade. You can either purchase it if you are doing a lot of DIY tiling or rent it from a supplier. There are different models of tile saws from tabletop models to larger sized saws for larger tiles. And you will easily be able to cut through thick tiles with it. When you are tiling, you will be kneeling on the ground for a long time which can be quite uncomfortable. And this time will be longer for larger projects. There are things that can make your life easier such as knee pads that can cushion your knees and provide sufficient support so that you don’t get tired easily.

Before you apply the tile to the surface, you will need to use a notched trowel to create ridges in the adhesive. This allows the tile to grip the surface more. There are trowels that come with different sized notches depending on the thickness and weight of tiles you are using. This ensures proper tile adhesion. To apply grout in between tiles, you can use a grout float which allows you to apply it evenly. You can find this in foam or rubber and it is a great way of ensuring there are no cracks in the grout later on. You can use a tile leveler to ensure that all tiles are kept level and at the same height which is something that will come in useful when you are working with larger tiles.

Deangelo Alvarez