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Old 06-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Need help on shopping list for tile job


Im now about ready to start the tile in my bathroom Ive been working on. Ive never done tile before so will be needing to take a shopping trip to get tools. What all should I get?

Also will need stuff to mix the thinset and grout.

I have a heavy duty drill, paddle mixer and 5 gallon bucket already. But pretty much will need everything else.

First thing I need to do is thinset the mesh tape on the Durock.

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Old 06-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Let's see:

margin trowel
thinset trowel 1/4x1/4 or 1/4 x 3/8 x1/4
4" putty knife
small cleaning brush like for the kitchen sink
larger cleaning brush like for scrubbing floors
triangular joint scraper
straight edges or levels

You'll need sponges for grouting, and a grout float.

I use the margin trowel for scraping buckets and getting mortar out of the bucket. I use a putty knife for backbuttering tile and cleaning out things. The small brush is for cleaning the trowels and mixer. The big brush is for cleaning the bucket.

If you'll be doing walls, you'll need various lengths of levels. Most guys probably have a 32, 48, 78, and 8 footer.

You'll need something to cut the tile with. You may as well get a cheaper wet table saw and a set of nippers. Expect to pay about $50 for the saw.

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The list above looks good--

Get several more buckets---and plenty of sponges--use a sponge to add water to your thinset--much easier to control than a hose or pouring from a bucket.

A 5-way painters tool is handy for lifting tiles and scraping boogers--
A dust brush helps clean before spreading thin set.

A chalk line and hair spray for layouts--
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