Some useful tools for tiling

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Tiling can be a time consuming and sometimes difficult job but is a job that is often tackled by the amateur DIY enthusiast.

Tiling can be a time consuming and sometimes difficult job but is a job that is often tackled by the amateur DIY enthusiast.

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  • 1. Some useful tools for tiling Tiling can be a time consuming and sometimes difficult job but is a job that is often tackled by the amateur DIY enthusiast. When you are tiling there are several tools that will help to make your life easier. Whether you're laying kitchen floor tiles or bathroom wall tiles, making the best use of tools will save you time and help you create the perfect finish for your project. Many of the tools used in tiling are very cheap and can be used over and over again. Tiles are so commonly used in several rooms in the home, investing in some tiling tools will be worthwhile as you're very likely to get good use out of them over and over again. The Tile File This tool, usually made from Aluminium oxide, is a simple but very useful tool. It can be used to simply and quickly remove the sharp edges from the tiles you have cut. This leaves your cut edges looking just the same as the pre-cut edges of your tiles giving a lovely smooth finish. It is simplicity itself to use, you simply rub the file over the edge, as you would a piece of sandpaper.
  • 2. Tile Nibblers Tile nibblers, sometimes also called tile nippers are another useful gadget to have in your tiling tool box. They resemble a pair of pliers in appearance, but with blunt ends rather than pointed ones. The nibblers are used to nibble away at the tile when you need a specific shape cutting into your tile. This is very useful when you're cutting a tile for an awkward task, such as to fit around some pipework. It's a job to be done carefully and slowly. It's a good idea to practice on a spare scrap tile before attempting the job on your tiles for your project as there is a bit of an art to it, and a little bit of practice first will save you making mistakes later on. Once you have cut your tile to shape you can file the edges with your tile file to create a smooth edge all round your shaped tile. There are specific tile nibblers on the market for glass tiles too which are increasing in popularity. The Tile Saw For straight edged cuts, a tile saw can come in very handy. The fine blade will usually be made of tungsten carbide, and the saw will have a deep frame. It will make light work of the straight edges. If you need a U shaped cut, you can simply saw down both sides of the U with your tile saw, then use your tile nibblers to nibble away the rest of the shape. Finally you can smooth off the edges with your tile file. A tile saw can be picked up very cheaply from any DIY
  • 3. store. For more DIY information and to see some of these tools please visit: http://www.hss.com/c/1014494/Tile-Cutting.html