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Old 06-29-2006, 08:42 AM   #1
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Question Your favorite LITTLE tools

Hi. I started wondering what you folks find really useful for installing tile - the "little" tools that made the job easier. I'm thinking things like trowels, grout floats, spacer pullers, etc.

Please share... What are your favorite "little" tile tools, including brand and size?

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Old 06-29-2006, 08:57 AM   #2
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Dan,
Nothing beats the Lutz 357 utility knife, in my opinion. Big blocky grip that is easy to control and an easy-to-open case for changing blades. There is also enough storage inside the case for about 15 heavy-duty blades. Retail cost: about $7 including tax.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:00 AM   #3
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Hi Dan,

A few that come to mind quickly are a 2x5 gum rubber margin float, very handy for close quarters like backspash work, a shaped popsicle stick for working grout and silicone and a heavy duty utility knife that is of the quick change style. I also like the Tavy Tile Puck.

Another one that I find essential, which doesn't really qualify as a little tool, is an accurate scale for measuring and mixing small quantities of epoxy grout.

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Old 06-29-2006, 09:45 AM   #4
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Shaughnn- I used to love my Lutz 357 (mine was stylish yellow) until I found the Lenox Gold. The blade is removed by pushing the extend/retract button sideways, and the small slide lever on the handle opens the hinged body for access to stored blades. This means you dont have to balance half of the unit's handle on top of the ladder, or hold it between your teeth while you change blades. The Lutz finally died from it's 100th fall out of my toolbelt... The Lenox has been run over by a car and still going strong.

By the way.. how's Washington?
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:50 AM   #5
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Alex,
I've got several Lutz's in a variety of fashion colors. I really like them for the simlicity of the disign. Virtually no moving parts but incredibly solid. I've dropped one into an open bucket of Laticrete 9235 (the black goop) and it still worked fine after I hosed it down. But that Lenox sure does look sweet!
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PS: Washington is wonderful, though I'm supposed to tell anyone that asks that it's the place that people in Purgatory are sent to when they misbehave.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:39 AM   #6
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Talking Washington State Sucks!

Yep... Washington state is a nasty place to live. Raining ALL the time. Poor economy. Not nice people. Well, actually...

That's a complete lie! If we tell you have REALLY nice it it is, pretty soon we'll be overrun with folks from other states. I've lived in 18 states. This is the best one so far. (And yes, I'm VERY biased.)

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Old 06-29-2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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Dan,
Can you suggest a Fourth Of July gathering site here on the Eastside that won't be insanely crowded? Perhaps someplace that would be nice for a waterfront bar-b-que since Hannah probably won't be able to stay out late enough for the explosives?
Shaughnn
PS: I also really like to work with smallish tape measures. When laying out floors and such, I'll strap on the 30' tape but once I start setting tile, I find that I never pull it out past 6'. I get hasseled all the time by other trades for my "homeowner's tape" but it's always made more sense to me so I just grin and take their abuse.
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:20 AM   #8
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Dan and Shaughnn STOP. the weather here sucks and that is the company line or we will be shipping you back where you came from. Got it!

I also like a good utility blade. I have one in each pocket. One with a straight blade, one with a hook blade the hook blade is the best spacer puller.
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:21 AM   #9
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A helper broke my 12 year old spacer popper the other day snapped
it he did. So i made my own with a short peice of closet pole and a 16 penny
nail. drove the sharp end of the nail into the end of the rod and sharpend
the nail head clean off to make another sharp point. Handy dandy little tool
it is
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:28 AM   #10
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Jerry the Knife

Hey, Jerry! They calls that Two-fisting Tijuana-style.

Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a jackknife has old Jer-reah, babe
And he keeps it, ah, out of sight
Ya know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, oh, wears old Jer-reah, babe
So there’s never, never a trace of red

Now on the sidewalk, huh, huh, whoo sunny morning, un huh
Lies a body just oozin' life, eek
And someone’s sneakin' ‘round the corner
Could that someone be Jerry the Knife?
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:48 PM   #11
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I have a number of small flat bars that I can't be without. Also, I have a miniature sliding square that I find very useful for many things.
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:34 PM   #12
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I only carry 5 tools in/on my pouch that I use regularly, knife, nail set (to get door pins out), tape measure, flat head screwdriver (although it is not to good for getting out screws), and I think the one I use the most often is my 1 inch putty knife. It is usually coated with a layer of thinset. Oh yeah and a pencil but that doesn't count because it is behind my ear half the time.
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By the time I get down on the floor I have my two knifes. tile nippers, pencil and two grease pens. one red, black. a trowel and if is is a diagonal set a 14" carpenters square.
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My personal must have setup (basic) is a margin trowel and retractable
razor knife in my back pocket and a 25' stanley tape clipped to my front
pocket. My margin trowel is like my 5th limb The rest of my small handtools stay in my bucket bra or my truck unless they are needed.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:11 PM   #15
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Don't know if it's too big to post, but an angle grinder and 4" drycut diamond blade is my favorite tool, if your good at using it, you can leave all the other saws home on small jobs.
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