Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Tile Tools That You Can Buy Online (Contd.)

Tile tools are fairly diverse.  For example, a tile hole cutter is designed to cut a hole in the center or other surface area of the tile.  This is ideal for things such as outlet holes.  However, there are more tile tools around as well. 
Don't Forget a Profile Gauge as One of the Tile Tools You'll Need
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Tile Tools for Shaping and Applying Tile

One of the other types of tools for tile tile projects is a tile drill. Tipped with carbide, a tile drill can be used on ceramic, wood, or glass.  If you're going to use a tile drill, make sure that you also use some form of lubricant to cool the tip of your drill or you run the risk of overheating. 

Another tool that you're also going to need for a professional grade tiling project is a profile gauge.

A profile gauge is a tool that you can use for cutting or trimming irregular tile shapes.  It's versatile in that it isn't confined to just ceramic or porcelain.  You can also use it on wood as well.  Once you measure your tile, you can use other shaping tools such as tile nippers.  If you need to remove already installed tile from the floor, that's where a tool such as a tile removal chisel can be used. Tile chisels are also great for removing plaster and thin-set as well.  

Tile Tools and Professional Grade Projects

One tile tool that you may not have considered getting, but it is one that you're going to need is a rubber mallet.  Rubber mallets should always be used in lieu of regular hammers.  Even with a rubber mallet, however, don't hammer too hard or you can break your tile. 

As we covered in a previous article, make sure that you always have more than enough tile for your project.  You want at least a couple of square feet of tile above your measured project space to cover any damage to your tile while you're putting it down.  In addition to tile, also make sure that you have enough of the other supplies as well such as thin-set, grout, and of course, the right tile tools for the job.  A best practice to follow is to have ALL of the materials you are going to need before you even start the project.  You also want to measure your work space at least two times to make sure there aren't any errors. 

Finally, make sure you know what you're doing.  One mistake and a beautiful tile floor or new backsplash can become an eyesore.  So read up, get your tile picked out, and make sure you use only professional grade tile tools. 

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Read Part 1 of this article here.