Tile setting tools can range from power tools for mixing your thinset, notched trowels for spreading your tile adhesive, and beating tools to bed your tiles in the tile adhesive.
When you use the right tile setting tools They help to simplify your floor tile installation, wall tile installation or the job of
installing countertop tile.
You can mix very small amounts of thinset and tile grout by hand, but For most tiling jobs you'll thank goodness you have a mixing paddle.
Be sure to use a 1/2 inch drill with your mixing paddle when mixing thinset. If you use the 3/8 inch drill with your mixing paddle, you'll wind up with poorly mixed thinset and tile grout plus a burned out drill motor.
It's best to choose trowels with wooden and rubber handles.
Usually a v notch trowel is best for a wall tile installation. The square notch trowel works well for a floor tile installation.
The thicker the tile you are using, the deeper the notches must be.
A margin trowel looks a bit like an egg turner. The margin trowel is a great general tool for mixing thinset and back buttering tiles with tile adhesive. The margin trowel also works well, for scraping excess thinset and tile grout from surfaces.
Spacers are great tile setting tools. When you use plastic spacers between all of your tiles, you will have consistent grout lines. Spacers come in a variety of sizes. You can choose the right ones depending on your tiling project.
Plastic wedges are not as precise as spacers. The deeper you press wedges into the tile joint, the wider they will space the tiles.
Tile Wedges work well when you are using tiles that are not uniform in shape.
They also work well for a wall tile installation for when you are tiling a wall with large and heavy wall tiles, wedges can support the weight of large wall tiles, while the tile adhesive is setting.
Mallet and Beater board
The beater board is also known as a beater block. It is used to tap your tiles into the tile adhesive. You can use the mallet and beater board For a wall tile installation, floor tile installation or when setting your countertop tile. You place the board over your tile and tap it lightly with the rubber mallet, to bed your tiles.
When you are using large tiles, and especially irregular ones use the mallet by itself. The best mallet to add to your tile setting tools should be the white one. The dark ones can leave marks on your tiles.
Finishing tools are very inexpensive. It's a must that you grout your tiles evenly, and remove all excess tile grout. This can be the trickiest aspect of the tiling job. These tools are simple to use and they work very well for getting the job done right.
When wiping the tile surface after grouting always have a bucket and a large sponge on hand. A wet towel works better for a floor tile installation.
When cleaning away tile grout or thinset that has hardened, a pot scrubbing pad will work just fine. Anything harsher may scratch the tiles. Be sure to change the water in your bucket often when removing thinset or tile grout from the surface of your tiles..
Laminated Grout float
This grout float has a face that is laminated with hard rubber.
You use this float to press tile grout into place. The rubber surface is used to clear away excess tile grout.
Forget about those little toothpaste tubes of caulk that don't require a gun. For caulking around your tile you'll need the real deal. The caulk gun dispenses 10 oz tubes of caulk.
Make sure to press the release button on the caulk gun after each time you apply caulk. Otherwise you'll have a big mess, as the caulk gun will continue to release the caulk.
Grout sealer Bottle
Applying tile sealer to tile grout can be a tedious job. The foam wheel on this plastic bottle makes quick work of applying sealer to tile grout.