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June 14, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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The Best Tool for Cutting a Ceramic Tile Backsplash

Adding a tile backsplash is a great way to dress up a kitchen. Often when doing a simple tile backsplash, some cuts are needed to get the tile around switches and receptacles. There are a few options and methods for doing these small cuts that don’t necessarily involve expensive or fancy equipment. Chances are you […]

How To Tile A Shower

How to Tile a Shower: Tiling a Shower Like a Pro!

So you’re looking for tips on how to tile a shower. I’m glad you landed here! I’ll give you some quick pointers from many years’ of experience from two starting points. Step 1 of How to Tile a Shower – Get a Clean Start A client tasked us with turning a tub into a shower, […]

porcelain vs ceramic tiles better

Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles | Which is Better

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 […]

Renovating and Remodeling a 1920's Bathroom

Renovating and Remodeling a 1920’s Bathroom with Subway Tile

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. […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
iQ Power Tools iQ228 Cyclone 7-inch dry cut tile saw

iQ Power Tools iQ228 Cyclone 7-inch Dry-Cut Tile Saw

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 […]

Really bad tile job

World’s Worst Tiling Jobs You’ve Ever Seen

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 Drill Bits

Milwaukee Glass and Tile Bits with Carbide

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 […]

Worst Grouting and Caulking Jobs

Top 10 Worst Grouting and Caulking Jobs 2021

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… […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Ridgid 7-inch Tile Saw

Ridgid 7-Inch Tile Saw R4021 Review

If you’re looking for a lightweight alternative to your big tile saw for smaller jobs or to upgrade from snap cutting, the new Ridgid 7-inch tile saw’s $219 price tag is pretty attractive. Is all that beauty just skin deep or can this tiling tool niche itself for smaller jobs? We put it to use […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Festool Mixer

Festool Mixer MX 1200 EEF Review

It’s not good to get mixed up on the job, that is, unless you’re grout, mortar, mud, or paint. In fact, in these cases, failure to get good and mixed up makes for some shoddy results. Getting a good mix is important, and there are a number of manufacturers that make tools to help us […]