Ceramic Tile Tools
To lay ceramic tile, a person should first muster the proper tools. On the whole, most of the tools needed to do a tile job can be purchased inexpensively, and any specialized work can be done with a rented tool or can be done by a local hardware store for a small fee.
There are some basic items you will need that can be found in most tool boxes, or at least lying about the garage. These include, a pencil, measuring tape, chalk line, hammer, level, utility knife, sponges and a putty knife.
There are also some tools that you will need to acquire, or at least borrow if you have never laid ceramic tile before. For cutting the tile a tile cutter is absolutely necessary. Depending on the thickness and hardness of the tiles you may be able to get by with a 24-inch tile cutter, which works by first scoring the tile and then cracking it along the score with a pressure induced by a lever. For thicker tile, you might want to try an electric tile saw. Keep in mind, you can often rent these types of saws fairly inexpensively. Yet if you plan on doing a lot of tiling, the price is actually quite reasonable. Tile nippers are also a must for making any cuts that are not a straight line and for making fine adjustments.
If you have plumbing fixtures coming through the wall, you may wish to have a drill with a special attachment used specifically for cutting holes in ceramic tile. With a bit of planning and some creative cutting, however, you can often avoid the need for this tool.
For laying on the tile glue, a special notched trowel is necessary. This has little notches and ridges cut into the sides of it that helps the user lay glue evenly over a surface. A rubber float is used to press the grout between the tiles. It is basically a trowel type tool that has thick rubber where the blade would normally be. It safely clears the grout from the surface of the tiles and pushes it to the seams between the tiles, pressing it in compactly, creating a unified surface.
An applicator for the tile sealer is handy. This is a felt pen-like device. The sealer is loaded into the body and is pressed from the felt tip directly onto the grout. You can also use a foam brush to perform this task.
Clean rags, a bucket, and access to water will also come in handy.