Measuring tape: Make sure you use builder’s tape and measure carefully.
Mastic: This latex adhesive is designed for interior installations of ceramic tile and natural stone.
Chalk line: Use this tool to set your grout lines in place during the layout stage.
Notched trowel: Used o apply thin-set or mastic adhesive to the wall or floor.
Tile cutter: A specific tool devised for small cuts to tile when a wet saw is not needed.
Wet saw: Can be used to cut tile accurately and cleanly to fit around edges, corners and fixtures.
Grout: Filling powder form in premixed colors used to fill the joints between tiles. Non-sanded grout is used on polished tile or tile installations with a butt-joint that is less than 1/8 inch. Sanded grout is used on larger tiles.
Grout float: Used to spread grout into the joints between tiles.
Thin-set: An adhesive mortar made of cement, fine sand and a water retaining agent, used to attach tiles to the underflooring. Apply the thin-set with smooth, even coverage.
Caulk: Used in shower or other wet-room tile installations to seal the tiles from moisture.
Sponge: Used to wipe up excess grout.
Painter’s tape: Used to helps the edges of pieces of tile from fracturing or shattering off during the cutting process.
Self-leveling cement: Levels a floor or smooths walls to fill any gaps or depressions.
Tile wedges and spacers: Used to space wall or floor tiles accurately before grout is added.
Cement-fiber backer board: One of the most common mounts for wall tiles. Acts like a cement underflooring, except for use only on walls.