You can argue all you want about whether or not to go with porcelain vs ceramic tile. In the end, it probably doesn’t matter all that much if it hangs on a wall. If you simplify it down to basics, porcelain is really just very dense ceramic tile. Seriously. Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile Material Comparison […]
Living in a 1920’s home is wonderful – you get style, character, and an established neighborhood all rolled into one. But some of the antique “innovations” of the 1920s may not cut it for modern use. I mean, let’s face it, plumbing back then was barely in existence, let alone up to modern building codes. […]
Protecting wood floors isn’t difficult, but it’s important to understand how different sealers work and the advantages and disadvantages of each. There are two basic types of sealers: penetrating sealers and “top” sealers. Penetrating sealers, as the name implies, soak into the wood and seal from within. When the floor becomes worn you can re-apply penetrating sealers. Top sealers, like lacquer, shellac, and varnish stay on top of the wood and cannot be applied for worn spots without showing.
Having already reviewed the iQTS244 Dry Cut Tile Saw, getting our hands on the smaller iQ Power Tools iQ228 Cyclone 7-inch Dry-Cut Tile Saw sounded like a great idea. Even better, we had an oversized shower in a 2-story remodel that needed a whole lot of subway tile. iQ Power Tools Dry Cut Tile Saw […]
Klein Tools has offered cross-line laser levels for several years, but the Klein Tools Self-Leveling Green Cross Line Laser Level with Red Plumb Spot is the company’s first with a green diode. Green lasers are nearly four times brighter than their red counterpart. Unfortunately, this also made them, until now at least, much more expensive. […]
Everybody’s seen them. Tile jobs that went wrong. If ever there’s evidence of needing to hire a professional, it’s those times when I walk into the bathroom at a restaurant or public facility and gaze upon the destruction of a tile job obviously undertaken by a staffer or otherwise unqualified individual. And I’m not saying that Joe Schmo shouldn’t try to take on a small tile job, but if you don’t have the required skills, a discerning eye, or just a sense of personal pride – you’re better off hiring the pros to do it for you. Last year we took a look at some of the worst tile and grout jobs we’d seen. This year I think we topped that list in terms of atrociousness and utter devastation of technique and character.
Milwaukee Glass and Tile Bits Walk Less and Drill Cleanly With an exact start tip, the Milwaukee Glass and Tile drill bits drill clean holes with a minimal amount of walking. Designed for use in glass and ceramic tile, these bits should work really well for many kitchen and bath applications. Turn Your Drill Into […]
I never intended to do an article about the worst grouting and caulking jobs of 2021. In fact, it never occurred to me that my penchant for nice caulk and grout lines would cause me to begin noticing just how badly accomplished some of these jobs are. I just started seeing so many bad examples… […]
DeWalt 10-Inch Wet Tile Saw Offers High-Capacity Cutting in Light, Accurate, and Portable Package A brand new DeWalt 10-inch wet tile saw is coming to retailer this spring. Referencing its lightweight, accurate, and portable build, DeWalt believes the D36000 will make a great choice for tile setters, remodelers, and landscapers who cut both small and […]
Not content to let Red and Yellow dominate the new world of cordless mixing tools, Makita released a lighter weight solution that uses just a single 18V battery. We put our hands on the new Makita 18V cordless mixer (model XTU02T) and used it to mix everything from paint and thinset to mortar. use it […]