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There are certain tools that are essential for DIY tiling jobs. Then there are many others that are optional but extremely helpful. While some tile shops around Waltham Abbey might try and sell you everything in their range indiscriminately, including many tools aimed at tradesmen that are unlikely to be made use of in a DIY setting, our team refuse to play hard sale.
We’d much rather give you useful and accurate advice that will ensure you get everything you need, without breaking the bank. On this page, we’ve run through a few of the essential tools worth picking up from tiling shops, however it’s by no means exhaustive.
Depending on the size of the room your tiling, the tiles you’re using and a number of other factors – more niche/specialist equipment may be required. If in doubt, visit our tile shops near Waltham Abbey and we’ll be able to help you figure out exactly what you need.
MANUAL TILE CUTTER
It’s important that when visiting tile shops to find a suitable manual tile cutter, you ensure the product you’re buying is capable of easily cutting through the type of tiles you’re going to be using. For ceramic tiles up to 6mm thick, plastic tile cutters should do the trick. But when it comes to thicker tiles (porcelain, glass and floor tiles), you may want to invest in metal or alloy tile cutters.
These are made to make more precise, minor cuts and to shape tiles. Tile shops stock all sorts of nippers, but the most popular amongst our Waltham Abbey DIY customers tend to be ones with a 90° cutting edge made from tungsten carbide. There are certain nippers that are specially made to deal with mosaic tiles, and others that excel in handling larger tiles. Our tile shops stock them all.
ADHESIVE SPREADER & GROUT FLOATS
To apply adhesive to a wall or floor, you’ll want a spreader that corresponds with the adhesive you’ve chosen. Our tile shops near Waltham Abbey have a range and can help you pick out one that’ll be suitable. Also be sure to pick up a grout float, which will help you apply grout or cement into the tile joints.
Not exactly a tool, but extremely handy none-the-less. If it’s your first time carrying out major home improvements, like tiling a kitchen or bathroom, you’ll be amazed at how much and how quickly dust and dirt builds up. You could cause significant damage to your home if you don’t put down sheets when sawing tiles etc. The dust will get everywhere and potentially damage your possessions.
The most important equipment of all is the safety equipment you’ll employ. You can’t put a price on your health, and even if you end up tiling your Waltham Abbey home’s kitchen or bathroom fantastically – if you take your eye out doing so, it’ll be a bitter-sweet victory! Make sure when visiting tile shops for all your essentials you pick up a dust mask, protective goggles and thick gloves.
One of the important parts of the job is ensuring that your tiles are straight and properly aligned. A spirit level, really a must have in the DIY tool kit, will help you accomplish this!