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Tools & Accessories List for Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Install ceramic tile tools

Here’s what you will need to get your tiling job done right the first time.

  • 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.

(4) Comments

  1. I want to use the porcelain in my great room, dining room, kitchen, office, laundry room and foyer. Do I need to or can I use Ever Warm & Anti Fracture underlayment?
    Thank you, this is the best website around!
    Audrey Taylor

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