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Best Tiler’s Tools Guide

Best Tiler's Tools

At Wonkee Donkee Tools we have worked together with a range of professional tilers to make this complete guide of the best tiler’s tools! Make sure you are always prepared and have everything you need for the job!

Tile Cutter

  The Tile Cutter has a dual rail push action guillotine and a tungsten carbide cutting wheel which is ideal for cutting most types of tile. This type of tile cutter is great for cutting straight cuts on thin tiles, such as wall tiles, quickly. Some floor tiles can be cut, although not easily.

Tile Trowel

The tile trowel is a lightweight hand tool with notched edges used with bonding and floor adhesives. The trowel’s blade allows you to spread adhesive quickly and evenly and the notches help air to escape when you set the tiles and press them down.

Tile Saw

  A tile saw is like a coping saw which cuts intricate shapes but for tiles. The tile saw’s deep frame gives it great cutting access and its tungsten carbide, cylindrical blade will cut in all directions.

Grout Float

Grout float are ideal for use by professionals and DIYers. The grout float is the easiest and quickest way to apply grout.

Buckets

Buckets have all kinds of uses and you will need at least a couple to get by. They can be used for everything from mixing to measuring and from filling up to lugging tools about. Purchase a good quality hard-plastic bucket if you want some longevity.

Sponges

  A good quality tilers sponge should be durable and able to tackle heavy-duty cleaning. They are used to remove excess grout from tiles and for all aspects of cleaning up work.

Powered Tile Saw

Mains Powered Tile Saws have a constant cutting speed for extra smooth cuts and a large water reservoir to keep the diamond cutting blade cool when in use. 

Dust Sheets

Using dust sheets to keep a clean and tidy working environment will fill your customers with confidence and reflects your diligence and level of professionalism.

Cordless Combi-Drill

  The cordless combi-drill can drill as well as drive. It has multiple attachments and because it is battery powered you have the flexibility of use anywhere.

Hand Saw

You will need a hand saw to cut your supporting batons prior to wall tiling. This is essential if you want perfectly horizontal lines.

Workbench

Many workbenches are tools in their own right. They have adjustable surfaces and clamps which you can use to hold your tiles between whilst using your tile saw. They also have standard square edges for measuring and many other attributes. They have multiple applications, from providing somewhere to saw timber and tiles to a place to rest your mug of tea. A pair of trestles or saw horses may also come in handy – place an off-cut of ply on top of a pair of trestles and you have somewhere to keep your adhesive and grout within easy reach.

Mixer Drill

A robust mixer drill with high levels of torque for use with a mixing paddle will save you lots of time and a consistent mix when mixing your own grout and adhesives. These are available as purpose built mixers or combined drill / mixer.

Mixing Paddle

A mixing paddle is used in combination with your cordless combi drill to mix all sorts of powder grouts and adhesives. A must-have tool for any tiler.

Tile File

Tile files are typically coated in a tungsten carbide grit which, although tough, creates a smooth finish on the rough edges of your tiles. A good quality tile file will be durable and should have both a curved and flat face for filing flat or curved contours.

Screwdriver Set

Having a good quality screwdriver set will be particularly useful if you need to remove any shelving or wall fixtures. 

Retractable Trimming Knife

Retractable trimming knife (generally known as a Stanley knife although many other brands are available) is useful for cutting wallpaper, string, wire insulation, plasterboard and a host of other materials. Will fit in a pocket for easy access. Blades of different designs are ready available, and retract into the body when not in use. Fixed blade trimming knives are also available.

Extension Cable

Extension cable are super useful tools that will extend the reach of your mains powered equipment. You should purchase an extension cable that has at least four sockets as this will provide you with the ability to use multiple tools at once whilst still having room to plug in your radio. 

Spirit Levels

Spirit levels are essential tools for a tiler to keep all your tiles horizontal and vertical.

Tape Measure

A simple pocket tape measure with metric and imperial markings for measuring anything from wallpaper lengths to floor and wall dimensions for working out surface area for ordering the correct quantity of paint. A 5 metre (16 feet) tape will be long enough for most jobs although larger sizes are available. Can be clipped to a tool belt for ease of access. Available in 2m (6ft),3m (10ft),5m (16ft),8m (26ft), and 10m (33ft).

Knee Pads

Save your knees some grief with these knee pads. You may spend a lot of time kneeling especially when laying flooring tiles. 

Pencil

A carpenters pencil for marking out. The shape helps guide it against an object and helps it to fit comfortably behind most ears. If nothing else you can use it to fill in the crossword on your lunch break. Sharpeners are available for use with carpenter pencils, or use a sharp knife.

Stud Detector

  A stud detector will locate metal pipes behind walls, beneath floors and inside concrete. They will also find metal studs and live cables. As a tiler you will need to locate studs so that you can fix your batons to the wall prior to tiling.

Tile Spacers

Tile spacers are the easiest way to ensure that your tiles are given a professional finish; that they are evenly spaced and an even grout line is maintained throughout.

Tile Nippers

Tile Nippers are heavy-duty pliers with a sharp cutting edge which is used to nibble away at a tile so that you can trim it down to the size you need. They don’t so much cut the tile, but break away small pieces bit by bit. Always score the tile where you want the cut first.