5 Essential Tools for Tiling (Quick Tips) — by Home Repair Tutor



so one of the biggest fears folks have is messing up the tile job what do I mean by that well I mean installing this beautiful tile but in turning out terrible and looking bad that would be a huge catastrophe right because then either you're gonna have to live with it or tear it out and I don't think anybody wants to live with a terrible looking tile job and nobody wants to tear out tile it's a huge mess so what are some tools that you can use to help you give perfect looking grout joints and your tile nice and level and even I'm going to share those tools with you right now so this first tool is the bosch professional DLL 3-15 laser level this is phenomenal second tool is the laser jam when you combine this with the laser level now you have a powerful set of tools for tiling so this little knob on the bottom of the laser level it comes with the laser jam then you just slide it into place and you tighten it down you can see that when I tap the laser level itself levels itself now we're going to turn it on the laser jam goes from the floor the whole way up to the ceiling it's basically a jam that holds the laser level in place for you and what's cool about this is there's this handle here that you press down on it and this adjusts the height of the laser jam so here's your laser level right here this is your vertical line this is your horizontal line I don't have these lined up exactly but the vertical line can be lined up with a grout joint and make sure that your vertical tiles are exactly lined up the horizontal line can line up with your horizontal tiles and make sure that they they are lined up horizontally and nice and level lasers are pretty cool although I probably shouldn't be doing that so here's another really basic tool this is a carpet knife why do you want a carpet knife for tiling well it's real simple when you put the tiles on the wall sometimes depending on how much dense that you have behind this and how much thins that you have on the edges you'll have think said that oozes out into the ground join how do you remove that thinset well with a carpet knife like this before I go any further I do want to mention one thing carpet knives are super sharp so be careful when you use them also be very careful when you run between your grout joints because this is kerdi-board this is my waterproofing panel here I don't want to pierce that because if I do that it's going to ruin or waterproofing membrane of the kerdi-board you may even want to dull the carpet knife before cleaning out any of the grout joints so it's as simple as scraping out the grout joint while the thinset is still soft and this is a huge help when you go to grout your tile so you might be thinking what the heck are those things in between the tiles in the grout joint well these are seam clips they're called Tuscan seam clips and what they do is compress the tiles together and create a nice even transition it eliminates what's called lipid so this should be a smooth transition you can use Tuscan seam clips on vertical tiles and horizontal floor tiles now some people argue that you don't need them if you're a good tile setter but I find that they do two things not only do they eliminate the tile image but they help compress the tiles into the thinset even more and ensure that that bond is very very good now you should be compressing the tiles into the thinset as you move along but the seam clips help out with that these are horseshoe shims these are 1/16 horseshoe shims and what they do is provide you with a nice even grout joint because the Tuscan seam clips they're 1/32 of an inch thick they're not thick enough to provide you with a nice grout joint so you have to put the horseshoe sham in between them now the Tuscan seam clips get a two to three inches from the edge and you also edge of the tile you also want them every six to ten inches now in this setup this is a slightly more angled tile and this is a vertical tile I couldn't put them right here because it just wouldn't work out as you can see we followed that pattern in the field Tyl so the seam clips and the horseshoe shims they help you get perfect grout joints and prevent pilotage it just make sure tile job looks so much better so there you go those are some quick tips on tiling a shower or a tub surround let me know what your questions are down below if you want to learn how to get a great-looking tile job by installing an awesome waterproofing membrane behind it you can watch our kerdi-board videos right here those are phenomenal step-by-step tutorials on how to install kerdi-board and set yourself up for an amazing looking tile job that's it for today again ask me any question you want down below I may not have the answer to every single question but I'll do my best to help you out thanks so much for watching take care have a great day

21 Comments

  • steve erickson

    April 13, 2019

    you should talk about mortar coverage and wall prep ie floating and correcting bad walls pre install. If you've ever used a technique called mudjacking you will know what i mean.

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  • steve erickson

    April 13, 2019

    tuscans aren't bad but if you can afford them, use MLT system. im just an installer so no schill for the company but i've used a few of these systems and they are the best by far. a little more money but the caps are reusable so that's nice.

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  • Slamdizzle

    April 13, 2019

    Carpet knife is NOT the tool for removing wet adhesive between joints. Use something 3mm thick that isn't sharp

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  • mark schwager

    April 13, 2019

    Straightline Tiling Australia Recomends Tuskan seam clips in walls only ! Gr8 product
    one handed fit, tight joint ! Not quite strong enough for floors though ! (RLS clips for floors or simalar)
    Ps; If glue is sill wet in the join, wash it out with a wet sponge & clip (no potentual chipping) eg..with Knife

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  • Mark Bidwell

    April 13, 2019

    Thank s jeff

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  • Joey Cagle

    April 13, 2019

    Just came across this to see been in tile over 20 yrs my whole family are tile setters I was always told to have a margin trial the most important tool to have just a little advice from a tile man

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  • Mark Robinson

    April 13, 2019

    Why not just use another spacer to remove excess adhesive?

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  • Hawaiian Man

    April 13, 2019

    I just use a folding box knife that I use to cut the straps off of the boxes of tile.

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  • Diego Encalada

    April 13, 2019

    THANK YOU FOR A GREAT TEACHING!

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  • Shannon Bentley

    April 13, 2019

    according to your laser your tile is not level

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  • Daddy Dadpants

    April 13, 2019

    dude thank you. where do I get the things you used for the spacers

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  • Joe Shmoe

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks for all the great videos. I am a fellow Pittsburgher and also a contractor. I dont do a lot of tile but I am trying to expand my horizons. You explain things very clearly and it looks real good. Have a good one brother.

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  • G Bruce

    April 13, 2019

    Popsicle sticks work beautifully for cleaning out excess thinset and there is never any concern about cutting through waterproofing membranes or cutting yourself!

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  • Patrick PhippsPA

    April 13, 2019

    You're such a PLEASANT man! Thanks Jeff again! We must think alike. I went out and purchased that exact laser level from Lowe's on a one day sale. Thanks to you, I put in an order for seamclips AND 1/16 " horseshoe spacers for the 24×24 porcelain tiles I'm laying in my own home. Seamclips will be here in a few more days, but gives me plenty of time to do massive prep work in high detail. Thanks again for your awesomeness buddy!

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  • C G

    April 13, 2019

    How do you get the clips out?  Do you have to break them?  Thanks for your videos, they are very helpful !!!

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  • Randy Rachal

    April 13, 2019

    I have a quick question, do I have to tile all the way up the wall if I use Regard or some other water resistant item? I want to tile behind a bathtub, but not all the way up the wall.

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  • sagunkel

    April 13, 2019

    Is the tile you're using a "rectified" tile?  I read that with a 1/16" grout line that the tile needs to be "rectified" to assure that all the tiles are the same size.  Especially with large format tile.  Standard tile (un-rectified) can vary in size up to 1/16th" and your "grid" become off.  I Love your videos, very helpful and clear.

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  • David Jackson

    April 13, 2019

    Great demonstartion. I wish every Youtube presenter could speak as clearly and as well as you.

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  • Our Build

    April 13, 2019

    Great tips Jeff ?

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  • Brian Schnurr

    April 13, 2019

    Awesome video!

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  • Terry Henderson

    April 13, 2019

    Where can I get those Tuscan seam clips?

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