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4 Jan 2018

What Tiling Tools Do I Need?

Home improvements are all the rage right now because the cost of moving house is so very high. It’s no wonder that so many of us would rather do up our current homes and increase the resale value than spend lots of our hard-earned cash trying to move somewhere else.

If you’re planning on doing some tiling yourself in the near future, make sure you do some research first so you know exactly what you’re doing – and exactly what tiling tools you actually need to get the job done to a professional standard. While it might be cheaper to embark on some DIY, if you don’t know what you’re doing you could end up damaging your house – which may be even more expensive to fix than it would have been to bring the professionals in at the start.

The tools you need will depend on the job you plan on doing. If you’re going to be tiling a small kitchen wall, for example, you’ll need a manual tile cutter, a paintbrush or mini roller (to apply your tile primer), tile nippers, a screwdriver, a water-cooled diamond cutter, a pencil and tile marker, a spirit level, a tape measure, grout floats, and spreading and mixing trowels.

These are the basic essentials but there are lots more tools out there you could get to help make the job easier. The diamond cutter might seem like an unnecessary expense but if you’re going to be cutting around objects or cutting out small strips of tiles, you’ll find it invaluable.

The tile nippers are an absolute must – and so is a pair of safety goggles! You use the nippers to cut and shape your tiles, but don’t try and cut mosaic tiles as you could shatter them. Wheeled nippers are perhaps a better choice for mosaics, so keep an eye out for them if this is what you’re going to be doing.

If you’re planning on retiling the bathroom and the floor is on a base of cement, you’ll likely need a different size tile cutter because the tiles will probably be bigger than in the kitchen. Get something with a straight edge so you can line your tiles up properly and perhaps invest in some suction pads, which can help you lift, carry and adjust tiles during your installation project.

Other useful items you might want to stock up on include a jigsaw, a work bench, a circular saw and an electric drill. If you are going to be using power tools and have never done so before, make sure you read the instructions properly so you know you’re doing it safely.

It might also be a good idea to watch a few YouTube videos before you start work so you can see how it’s done. There are countless how-to videos online that could prove very useful indeed.

For tiling tools in Hertfordshire, get in touch with us at Total Look Design today.