Ceramic Tile Tools
If you prefer the do-it-yourself kind of home decorations and you want to use tiles either for murals or for flooring, you will definitely need ceramic tile tools that are especially designed for the job. Though many users choose to install the tiles at their standard size, you will still have to use some smaller pieces for corners or close to the walls for instance. Therefore, the main tile cutting tool is the electric saw. With a diamond-tipped blade, this saw relies on water for cooling during the process. Mention should be made that ceramic tile tools can often be used for other hard materials as well such as marble or granite.
The tile cutter and the nippers are other important ceramic tile tools; the former is necessary for the cutting of very straight lines, while the latter come in handy when you want to imprint a round shape to the tiles. Whereas the tile cutter has a higher accuracy, the nippers are highly reliable too; yet, for round edges the work effort is double. You'll only nibble out a small piece of material at the time, and afterwards you'll have to use sandpaper to smooth the tile edges.
The notched trowel is another important item in the kit with ceramic tile tools, as it allows for the proper spreading of the adhesive. Each tile variety requires a different adhesive thickness, not to mention that certain corners appear really out of reach for even tile installation. This is actually the great part about the notched trowel, that it allows you to work on the entire surface without any particular challenges. Do not forget about the ceramic tile tools necessary for grouting: the rubber float for in stance with seriously help you to fill the spaces between the tiles without ruining your work.
You don't have to buy all the ceramic tile tools since some of them are easy to improvise at home. This is the case with the leveling board which you can design from any padding material you may have available around the house. The leveling board needs to be placed on top of the tiles right after they have been placed on the adhesive and gently tapped so that they become level on this surface. Last but not least, the layout tool can be either bought ready made or it can be created at home; its use is of paramount importance for the correct laying of the tiles.