Taking on a tiling project, and got a question about tools? You've come to the right place. Below are some questions I've answered previously surrounding this matter. If you can't see the answer you're looking for, ask me directly at technicalhelp@wallsandfloors.co.uk and I'll get back to you ASAP.

 

Drilling ceramic tiles

 

Q. How do I cut crackle glaze tiles without the glaze chipping?

A. Firstly, we’d recommend sealing the tile with LTP Crackle Glaze Protector. This will add extra bond to the crackled glaze surface and strengthen it prior to cutting. Use a manual “score and snap” to score the surface, but don’t apply too much pressure, as the weight can damage the glaze. Two subtle scores should be enough. Drop the breaker and you should have a nice clean cut. For angled cuts, score as above, the shape you want to take out. Using an electric wet cutter, line up the blade next to the score line, on the side that is to be discarded. This should cut cleanly as your previous score lines, will act a stopper, and prevent cracks travelling onto the good side.

 

Q. Can I drill a hole in a ceramic tile?

A. Yes. Holes for brackets for toilet roll holders, towel rails, soap dishes etc, can be done easily after the tiles have been fitted. Cover where you want the hole to be with masking tape and mark where you want the hole. Using a masonry drill bit and a hammer, gently tap and chip away the glaze. Once the glaze is dented, this should be sufficient to continue drilling at a SLOW speed. Holes for water pipes need to be measured out and cut before the tile is fitted, and require a hole cutter with a centre bit.

 

tiling tools

 

Q. What tiling tools do I need for the job?

A. This varies depending on whether you are tiling a wall or a floor. But the basic essentials consist of; Pencil, Tape Measure, Spirit Level, Mixing Bucket, Spacers, Trowel, Tile Cutter, Grout Float and a Sponge. If you were to open up the back of a professional tilers van, you may also find Laser Levels, Straight Edges, Set Square, Knee Pads, Drills and Tile Levelling Systems.

 

I hope these FAQ's have answered your questions. If not, send your query to technicalhelp@wallsandfloors.co.uk and I'll reply as soon as I can!

 

 

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