Check Your Tools, Grouts & Adhesives
Our expert team of tilers have put together their list of tools and recommendations of the best glues & grouts, here’s what they said.
There’s an old saying; “a workman is only as good as his tools” that may or may not be right, but let’s not test the theory and ensure you have the right gear for the job you’re about to do.
This list might look daunting, but many of the tools will already be in your shed, or you can ask a friendly neighbour. If you do need to buy or hire any, pop into your local Beaumont store and they'll help you out.
We suggest you need:
Safety first: gloves, safety glasses, face mask, boots, appropriate clothing and hearing protection!
- Clean rags
- Spirit level
- Tape measure
- Tile levelling support (optional if tiling walls)
- Tile cutter
- Adhesive mixer (optional)
- Tile nippers
- Knee pads (optional but your knees will thank you)
- Cross spacers
- 6mm notched trowel for wall tiles
- 10mm notched trowel for floor tiles
- A small trowel
- A grout float
- Angle grinder (or a handyman grouter)
- Angle grinder and diamond cutting blade (optional)
- Battery or electric drill (optional)
- Drill bit
Some other tools that you may find handy are:
- A carborundum block is useful for smoothing down cut edges
- A home-made plumb bob for tiling walls (a piece of string with a heavy washer on the bottom will do)
- Some pieces of straight timber to provide a base for wall tiling, and to use as a measuring rod
- Plenty of string
Grouts & Adhesives
Do you have the right product for the job and have you ordered enough? Different tiles and tiling jobs suit different types of grouts and adhesives so selecting the right product makes a huge difference! For more information, check out our dedicated Grouts & Adhesives information page. We also highly recommend you ask our team of experts for their advice, or you can review our full range of grouts and adhesives online here.
Our Hot Tip: The colour of your grout makes a huge difference to the look of your job. You can add drama with a dark grout against a white tile, or go for a more natural blended look with a grout colour similar shade to your tiles. Our in-store styling experts can help you with your decision if you’re stuck.