Tiling Niggles!

What annoys you?

Sometimes it’s the little things that can annoy, niggle and get under your skin! tiling accessoriesSo make sure that your tiling project at least is free from these little annoyances with our full range of affordable tiling accessories.

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Don’t Let Your Tiling Project Become A Horror Story!

The great horror author James Herbert sadly passed away on the 20th of March this year. Are you a fan of horror stories? James Herbert’s first publication’ Rats’ sold out in just 3 weeks, he then went on to release a total of 23 novels. Just recently one of his popular books ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’ was turned into a successful 3 part BBC drama.

It seems to be human nature to enjoy the adrenaline rush that a spooky horror story brings, do you enjoy a bit of a fright? Or are you too scared to read anything too scary?

Horror stories are only enjoyable if you are not a part of them. Here at tiles4all we often hear of DIY horror stories and this is definitely not something any one wants to be a part of.

Reduce your risks of suffering a tiling DIY fright by ensuring that you use the right tiling tools and products for the job. Also it is advisable to obtain a few quotes and preferably recommendations from friends and family before choosing a tradesman.

At tiles4all our affordable prices won’t give you a fright so why not take a look at our great range of bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, tiling tools and accessories? 

If you need any advice or information, just give us a call on 0114 2512689

Tile Cutters And Scoring Wheels

Be right at the cutting edge with Rubi tile cutters and scoring wheels.

Check out the tiles4all website at http://www.tiles4all.co.uk/for tiling accessories and products that will help make your DIY projects run smoothly, ensuring a professional finish that you really can be proud of.

Our friendly staff are on hand to give you expert advice, just give us a call on 0114 2512689 Mon-Friday 8am-5pm and Sat 9am-4.30pm. Alternatively you can email us at sales@tiles4all.co.uk

Safety First When Using Power Tools

So many accidents happen each year from using power tools, and many of them could be avoided if proper care and attention had been paid to safety procedures when using these tools.  The first thing to do when you’re using power tools is to check the tools for any damage. Check the casing is intact and if they are not cordless, check the cord and plug for any damage.  When you are sure that the tool is in good condition then check yourself. Make sure you are not wearing any loose clothing that could get caught in the tool. If you have long hair make sure it is tied back out of the way. Make sure you have some safety glasses or goggles too. This is especially important if you are working with a material that could shatter such as metal, or even bathroom wall tiles. When impacted by a power tool, a small shard of tile or metal can fly off at very high speeds and be very dangerous indeed. People have been blinded this way, so make sure you wear goggles and it won’t happen to you.

When you’re using an angle grinder, you must take great care. Always wear tough gloves, and carefully check the cutting disc to make sure it is in good condition. Never use a disc that is very worn. Make sure it is securely mounted. When you start up an angle grinder, always make sure you are holding it with both hands, and never start it with it in contact with anything. It can very easily bounce back off the surface and could cause you an injury. Also make sure that whatever you are cutting is well secured.

The power saw is the cause of most DIY accidents and so should always be used with extreme care.  Read the instructions carefully so you know exactly the right way to fit the blades and use the tool. Always turn the power off before replacing a blade and check that the blade is firmly locked into place. When using the power saw, use it gently, never force the blade through anything as it could snap and fly off causing an injury. You should also be aware of the power cord and make sure it is nowhere near the blade. Hold the saw with both hands, and your hands will always be behind the cutting blade. Always clamp that which you are cutting, never hold it with your hand. A little extra time spent setting up your working area could save you from a bad accident. Saving a few minutes by cutting a few corners is just not worth it with potentially dangerous power tools. You really don’t want to lose your fingers for the sake of getting a job done a little quicker! Never ever remove any safety guards either. They are there for a reason!

DIY can be very rewarding, but it’s important to do your DIY jobs with care and to keep yourself safe.

Tiles4All have a range of tools and accessories to help you along with your DIY project, visit our website for more information – http://www.tiles4all.co.uk/



Preparing Areas For Tile Installation

If you’re tiling straight onto plaster – First of all, check that the plaster is okay, you’ll need to fill any larger holes. If the plaster is coming away from the wall you’ll have to remove the loose plaster and fill the holes. If you’re tiling a bathroom it’s a good idea to protect areas like the bath before you start the work to avoid it getting damaged. You should then wash the walls with a string detergent to remove any grease which can affect the adhesion. This is particularly important in a kitchen where the walls may have a film of grease or oil from cooking.

You should consider painting the wall with a sealer, especially on freshly plastered walls.

Before you start tiling you’ll need to work out where to start. At this stage you might find it helpful if you make a ‘gage rod’ this is simply a straight piece of 15mm x 25mm timber which should be at least 2 metres long. Lay the timber on the floor and lay a line of tiles along the edge including the spaces, then mark off the tiles on the gage .In most situations you would mark the centre of the space you’re tiling but if you have a feature on the wall like a window you would mark the centre of the window and work from there. Hold the gage up to the wall and mark off the tile positions into the corner, if the space in the corner is too narrow then move the gage so that the centre mark on the wall falls in the centre of the tile.

If you’re not tiling the whole wall then you would begin on the outer edge with a whole tile, repeat the process marking out the tiles for the height of the space. If you plan on using a line of border tiles for decorative effect on the wall then these also must be allowed for when you’re measuring out and marking up. Once again if the bottom or top tile is too narrow then adjust your starting point.

You may also use a straight length of wood to support the tiles at the bottom to avoid the tile slipping. This length will be removed once the adhesive for the tiles that it’s supporting has dried.

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