TOOLS

 
 
Northern Tile Gallery has a range of tools and accessories to equip you with everything you need for DIY tiling jobs. Whether you plan on tiling a small feature piece or a whole floor in your home. We can get you started with all the tricks of the trade our expert team will also provide you with plenty of advice on the right way yo use each tool, as well as ensuring you have the correct tool for your tile's material.
 
 
 
 
Spacer — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 

spacers

 
Spacers are rigid pieces of plastic in the shape of a cross. They were developed as a way of making sure there are uniform gaps between tiles when they are laid.

Once your spacer is in place, leave it installed while the adhesive is setting. Spacers are available in a variety of different sizes, so you can select them according to how wide a grout line you prefer. When it is time to remove the spacer, needle nose pliers are best for quick and easy removal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leveling a Tile  — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 
 

tile levelling system

 
In some cases, laying tiles can be difficult because of uneven floor foundations. As a result, tiles that seem perfectly level during installation may vary in height once the adhesive has cured. To avoid this, use a tile levelling system. These can be used for stone, ceramic, marble, granite and large format slab tiles. The system interlocks the tiles, creating a virtual single flat slab surface while the setting material is curing.

The interlocking system reduces settling from shrinkage and minimises warping. It reduces the need to re-lift tiles to add more adhesive, making installation a lot faster. The tile levelling wedges are also reusable.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nipper — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 

tile chisels & nippers

 
To quickly remove old, cracked or damaged tiles, a tile chisel is an essential item in your toolbox. They are available with elastomer protectors to absorb impact and reduce fatigue on your wrists. The chisel can also be used to remove old plaster. Cut away small sections of tile, or cut the tile into shape with a pair of tile nippers. They are easily manoeuvred by hand, allowing you full cutting control. Nippers are available with a variety of tips so you can select the right material to cut through your tile.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tile Cutter — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 

tile cutters

 
When you need to cut a group of tiles in a straight line, a manual tile cutter is ideal. Select from additional features such as grip handles, lateral stop guides and foam grips. There are specialty mosaic tile cutters, as well as cutters with positive locking for pre-set angled cuts. Before purchasing, make sure the cutter is strong enough to slice through the largest tile you have.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tile Saw — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 

Tile Trims

 
Whether you're tiling a recessed niche for your bathroom or tiling external steps for your verandah, tile trims allow you to cover sharp edges of tiles, giving you a professional and neat finish. Not only does it complete the look, it also protects the edges of your tiles from cracking and breaking. Our tile trims come in a variety of different designs allowing you to choose what suits your home best.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tile Scribe — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 

tile Wastes

 
Tile wastes are used for correct water drainage in your wet areas of your household. We have a range of premium quality floor wastes to complete your tile finishes, including; shower channels, floor waste kits, tile insert floor wastes and a large selection of different waste styles and sizes. If you are unsure on what tile waste is right for the job, talk to one of our friendly experts today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tile Trowel — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 

tile trowel

 
To spread glue over the surface you are tiling, you will need a trowel. Select from either a gauging or pointing trowel, depending on the size of the job. Notched trowels are also available, which are used for consistent thick levels of adhesive. Be sure to apply adhesive in small sections at a time, otherwise it will begin to dry before you can lay all the tiles.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spreader — Tiling Service in Winnellie, NT
 
 

grout spreader

 
You will need a spreader to ensure grout is pushed into the gaps between each tile. It is also used to remove any excess grout before it begins to set. The spreader's material is soft enough to ensure the tiles are not scratched during the grouting process.