What Tools You Need to Lay Tile

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Whether you have done it a lot, or it’s your first time, laying tile can seem like a daunting task. So many steps, and more importantly, so many different tools!  Let’s break the process down a bit and o into some detail on exactly what tools you need to lay tile.

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Your first steps will be measuring and cutting your tiles.  For this you will need several tools, many of which you likely already have laying in your garage.  For this step you will need the following tools:

 

– Tape Measure

– Permanent Marker

– Level

– Tile Saw

 

For the measuring and cutting phase, the tape measure and level will be used to mark the lines you will be cutting on for each tile.  You likely have all of the tools on the list above; with the tile saw being the only exception. Tile saws (pictured below) can be purchased or rented at most home improvement stores, or you can usually find one for a good price at your local pawn shop.

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After you have measured and cut all of your tiles you will need to dry-fit them to make sure everything fits as expected and no additional cutting needs to be done.  After you are happy with the fit of your tiles you will be moving on to the fun part; laying your tiles.  This step is the most gratifying, however it will likely require a few tools you might not have yet, especially if you have never laid tile before.  For this step you will need the following tools:

 

– 5 Gallon bucket

– Mortar Trowel

– Leveling Wedges

– Level

– Tile Spacers

 

For the tile laying process, the bucket will be used to mix your mortar in.  You will then use the trowel to apply the mortar to the back of your tiles and to the surface they will be going on.  The leveling wedges (pictured below) are optional; however they make the job a lot easier and will also eliminate the need for the level and the tile spacers.

Tile-Leveler-Wedges

 

Your final step will be applying the grout in between your tiles.  There are several types of grout, each coming in a vast selection of colors to match any project design.  For this task you will need the following tools:

 

– 5 Gallon Bucket

– Rubber Mallet

– Grout Float

– Large Sponge

 

In this final phase of your project the 5 gallon bucket will again be used to mix your grout o the desired consistency. You will use the rubber mallet to remove the leveling wedges from the previous step.  Once all of the wedges (or spacers) have been removed you will use the grout float (pictured below) to apply a downward pressure on the grout, forcing it deep into the seams between your tiles.  After the grout has had a few minutes to set up a bit you will use the sponge, slightly damp, to remove any excess grout from the surface of your tiles.

grout-float

 

There are many places where you can purchase all of the tools needed for the installation of your tiles, however many places offer kits that have most of them included, at a discounted price from purchasing them separately.

 

– 5 Gallon Bucket

– Mortar Trowel

– 60 Leveling Wedges

– Rubber Mallet

– Grout Float

– Large Sponge

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