DIY: es­sen­tial tiling tools

The right equip­ment makes the dif­fer­ence be­tween a dis­as­ter and a job to be pr oud of

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Tile cut ter Se­lect ei­ther a man­ual or elec­tric cut­ter. Cut­ters are avail­able in a range of sizes. “It is im­por­tant to use the cor­rect cut­ter for the size of tile you are in­stalling. For ex­am­ple, a 400 mm tile cut­ter will not be able to cut a 500 mm tile as the tile will be t oo long ,” she sa ys. IF you’re plan­ning on tack­ling a sig­nif­i­cant tiling job it is w orth in­vest­ing in the cor­rect tools and ma­te­ri­als for the job at hand.

Lay­ing ne w tile s in y our home, whether it’s on the floor or against the wall, is an in vest­ment that will up­date the room and of­fer a durable and easyto­main­tain sur­face for years to come.

The t ools can, h ow­ever, m ake o r break the tile­lay­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; there­fore avoid tack­ling the project with sub­stan­dard tools or tools that aren’t re­ally de­signed f or tiling .

“Us­ing good­qual­ity tools will re­sult in a pro­fes­sional floor and wall tile in­stal­la­tion and the t ools will also las t longer as they’re de­signed for the job,” says Sharon Mar­gon, tech­ni­cal ad­viser at TAL. and not ched edg e.

The straight edge spreads the ad­he­sive, w hile the not ched edg e en­sur es that an ad­e­quat e amount of adhe sive is spread across the work sur­face when pulling the trowel through the ad­he­sive.

The not ched edg e mak es gr ooves that allo w air t o e scape when the tile is pr essed int o the adhe sive.

The size of the notch also varies for floor and w all ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The g en­eral rule is that a 6 mm notch is used f or wall­tile ap­pli­ca­tions and a 10mm notch for floor tiles, as well as heavy or large­for­mat wall tiles,” says Mar­gon. Tile spac ers Th­ese en­sur e that tile s ar e e venly spaced and that y our project looks as pro­fes­sional as pos sible. Rub­ber mal let It’s spe­cially de­signed to bed tiles into the adhe sive with­out air pock ets and voids form­ing, to pre­vent the tiles from cracking. Spreader A c om­bi­na­tion spr eader c on­sists of a notched edg e f or f ast ap­pli­ca­tion of grout, a squeegee for rapid grout ap­pli­ca­tion and in­cludes a grout fin­ish­ing pro­file. de­signed to last longer. It allo ws for a smoother fin­ish­ing of gr out and the clean­ing of tile s.

A sponge with rounded edges will not make grooves in the grout while wip­ing off e xcess gr out.

Grout spong e. Ad­di­tional t ools t o mak e the job eas­ier • Tile nip­per — for cut­ting and shap­ing wall tile s. • Tile scorer — used to score and snap wall and floor tile s. • Pro­file gauge — to mea­sure curves, for ex­am­ple around the toi­let base and to then cut the tile ac cord­ing t o the shape. • Ad­he­sive and grout mixer, me­chan­i­cal ver­sion. • Knee pads. • Dust mask. DIY tiling need no t be a night­mar e. U sing the c or­rect t ools and mat eri­als will en­sur e that y our til e ins tal­la­tion l ooks pr ofes­sional and is with­stand­ing. • Tile ad­he­sive, such as TAL Gold­star 6. • Grout, such as T AL Wall and Floor Grout or T AL Quarry Gr out. • A lat ex ad­diti ve f or the adhe sive of grout, such as TAL Bond or clean, cool wa­ter if you’re not us­ing a laetx ad­di­tive.

Use a gr out such as T AL Wall and Floor Grout for nar­row wall and floor grout joints be­tween 2 mm and 8 mm, and a grout such as TAL Quarry Grout for wider joint s up t o 25 mm.

High­traf­fic ar­eas such as the kit chen, pas­sage and en­trance halls, as well as wet ar­eas such as the bath­room and shower, r equire a w ater­resistant and flex­i­ble tile ins tal­la­tion.

Re­place the w ater in the c emen­ti­tious ad­he­sive and grout mixes with a la­tex ad­di­tive such as TAL Bond, to im­prove w ater r es­is­tance, fle xi­bil­ity and bond s trength of the mix.

By us­ing the right t ools, mat eri­als and t ech­niques, y ou will en­sur e that your tile job looks pro­fes­sional and will be able to with­stand foot traf­fic, spills, steam, and wear and t ear. — Sup­plied. IF y ou’re tack­ling a reno va­tion project and wil l be r emov­ing brok en ti les or r eplac­ing e xist­ing ti les, c on­sider ho w y ou are g oing to remo ve the tiles. There are a num­ber of tools that can be used to r emove e xist­ing ti les: This mul­ti­func­tional thre e-in-one tiling tool is perfe ct for repl ac­ing brok en ti les. It c on­sists of a tile nip­per with tipped j aws for cut ting and shap­ing w all tiles, a tile pry bar for lif ting and r epo­si­tion­ing ti les, and a tile-break­ing chis el for use when re - mov­ing brok en ti les. This pro­fes sional qual­ity tool can be us ed to remo ve w all and fl oor ti les as w ell as car­pets and vinyl made with r ein­forced s teel; ther efore it can be used in c on­junc­tion with a ham­mer .

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Es­sen­tial mat eri­als r equired t o make the tiling job las t PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED

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