When it comes to installing tile, whether it's for a tile tub, tile floor, or tile kitchen backsplash, you'll need a variety of tools. In this guide, we'll go through some basic tile tools that will help you install tiles perfectly in your construction project. These tile tools aren't needed, but they can make your tile installation go much smoother and easier.
A Cross Line Laser is the first must-have tile installation product. This is for a variety of applications; the bulk of the time, you'll use a laser to mount tile for shower walls, ensuring that the back wall is aligned with the two side walls; this aids construction, saves time, and improves precision when installing tile for shower walls; it also aids in the installation of backsplashes. Then your backsplash installation is free of waves; all is smooth, level, and straight, and they all line up. There are two types of lasers: a red cross line laser and a green cross line laser.
A multi-tool is the second must-have tool for tile construction. If you can see, this is a bathroom floor tiles setter's multi-tool; thinset is all over it, so it serves a variety of functions. One use for this bit is to cut down door casings so that you can slip the floor tile underneath them while transitioning from one room to another. The second advantage of using a multi-tool for tile construction is that it saves time. This cleans out the cured thin set so that the tile leveling device can be installed the next day.
A small portable tabletop saw is the third tile installation tool used. There are several various types of tabletop tile saws available. We went for the Porter Cable because it's awesome, has a sliding tray, and is small, waterproof, and lightweight. If you're working in a small space, such as a small bathroom, and don't want to set up a full-sized, wet, and messy 10-inch wet tile saw, you can set this little thing up inside the bathroom and make the cuts if you're installing subway ceramic tile for a shower. This is also perfect for backsplashes; it's just a plain lightweight compact tile that's a must-have.
A tile leveling system is the fourth tool used for tile installation. This is useful for large size tile, which is typically larger than a 12 inch by 12 inch. It speeds up installation, offers you a much flatter superior installation, and you have a variety of options. They all do the same thing in theory.
Look for a floor leveling device that comes with everything you'll need to avoid tile lippage, such as strips, caps, and pliers.
The tile strips ensure that the floor is quickly leveled. They can be used in combination with the tile easy caps to ensure that the pressure applied to the tiles is uniformly dispersed, flattening the whole floor. The tile nippers can also be used to level the outdoor floor tiles, ensuring that the whole floor is uniformly smooth.
A manual tile cutter is the fifth must-have method for tile construction. Both sides of the back wall would be protected by the side walls when adding tile for a shower back wall. As a result, you won't need a full-size 10-inch wet tile saw to remove the shower's back wall. This allows you to easily snap and manually cut tile for the back wall of your tub. This can be used inside or outside the toilet, it's easy to install, and it saves you a lot of time when it comes to fitting tile for the back wall of a shower.
When installing flooring, bear in mind that the perimeter of the floor would be protected by the baseboard. But you don't have to have absolutely straight cuts across the room's circumference. The perimeter of the room will be covered up again by baseboards if you have a 10-inch wet saw, so you can use it for flooring instead of putting up a large full-sized wet 10-inch tile saw, which is messy. You will snap cut all your tiles and add them easily with this inside the room.