DIY: essential tiling tools
The right equipment makes the difference between a disaster and a job to be pr oud of
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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