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Getting Started With Tile Cutting Tools

Getting Started With Tile Cutting Tools

When working with tile you will often need to make cuts. There are a few different tools you can use depending on what you are doing. Here’s what you need to know about the three most useful choices. Tile Nippers Sometimes you may need to take small chunks out of a tile. This can be the case when installing tile around obstructions such as pipes or toilets. Tile nippers are the best tool for this type of job. They are also handy for making...

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Stay Safe And Keep Tile Smooth With A Rubbing Stone

Stay Safe And Keep Tile Smooth With A Rubbing Stone

Tile which has just been cut can have razor sharp edges. These can produce some very painful injuries if not handled with care, and even then accidents can happen. You can help to avoid this by using a simple tool known a rubbing stone. Smooth Your Edges After cutting the tile for your installation with your tile saw, nippers, or snap cutter you can smooth over the edges with your stone. All you have to do is hold the stone so it is at a...

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The Essentials Of Tile Spacers

The Essentials Of Tile Spacers

In the past rope, nails, screws, and even sticks were used to keep tiles equidistant from each other during installation. Luckily by the nineteen fifties the need for much more reliable and convenient spacers for tiles helped to bring about the creation of the types we still use today. Tile spacers are the easiest way to make sure your tiles are set at a fixed distance from each other which is a must for a professional looking...

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Caulk For Tile Projects

Caulk For Tile Projects

In the main body of a tile installation grout is used in-between the tiles. However different materials naturally expand, contract, and move. These processes can cause tile grout to crack or even cracked tile if the grout is used where two different materials meet such as expansion joints. So instead you’ll need to use a more flexible and forgiving option: caulk. Where It’s Used Caulk is the best choice since it allows both the tile...

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Tile Trowels To Get The Job Done Right

Tile Trowels To Get The Job Done Right

Trowels are a necessity for completing all tiling projects. But of course you will have to make sure you have the right one for the job at hand to make sure it is a success. So here’s what you need to know about tile trowels before getting started. Margin Trowels These simple tools are one of the most useful and inexpensive making them an essential part of your tool kit. In tiling they are used for a wide array of jobs like mixing tile...

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Your Basic Tile Safety Kit

Your Basic Tile Safety Kit

When working on any kind of home improvement project safety should always be taken seriously and with tile it is no different. This should be the case regardless of how big or small the job. In fact more often than not, it is when completing smaller tasks that we often feel we can get away with or don’t really need to take the proper precautions. And that’s when accidents happen. So we’ve come up with a basic safety kit to keep you out of...

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A Quick Glossary Of Tile Terms

A Quick Glossary Of Tile Terms

There can be a lot of new terms that come up when purchasing or planning to install tile in your home. So we’ve compiled a quick list of some of the most commonly used and asked about along with their definitions to help you on your way. Let’s get started: Back Buttering This refers to evenly spreading adhesive on the back of tile with a trowel before setting. Doing so provides a stronger bond with the setting bed and is a must...

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Tile Nippers A Must Have Tool For Every Project

Tile Nippers A Must Have Tool For Every Project

Every tile setting kit needs a pair of nippers. These basic hand tools are a necessity since virtually every project will need at least a few simple curved cuts. When you need to accommodate things like toilet flanges, faucet valves, door cases or any other obstruction tile nippers are invaluable as they allow you to make semi-circles, irregular cuts, or even holes in tile. Luckily, they also happen to be one of the least expensive tools...

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A Tile Cutter Makes Cutting A Snap

A Tile Cutter Makes Cutting A Snap

Just about all tile installations will require cutting. However, you don’t necessarily need to purchase a tile saw if you will be completing the project yourself. For jobs which won’t demand an extremely large quantity of cuts or very heavy tile, a tile cutter can be an excellent choice. The Basics A cutter is an easy to use device that is meant for making straight and angled cuts on light to medium weight tiles. However, they are not made...

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Tile Adhesive: Everything You Need To Know!

Tile Adhesive: Everything You Need To Know!

Tile adhesive is the substance used to hold the tiles to the setting bed. Typically there are two major types: organic mastic and thinset adhesive. Organic mastics are made with either latex or petroleum and are ready-to-use. Thinset adhesives are powdered and need to be mixed with liquid before they can be used. While organic mastic is much more convenient to use, thinset adhesives actually have a higher bond strength as well as weight...

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The Tile Saw: A Quick Start Guide!

The Tile Saw: A Quick Start Guide!

Just about every tiling job requires cutting tile. What you will be cutting, how much, and in what manner will determine the tool you use to cut with. Most of the time the easiest and most efficient option is a tile saw. While they may look similar to saws used to cut wood or metal, they are in fact quite different. Typically they are used to cut ceramic, porcelain, glass and natural stone tiles but can used for other materials as well....

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