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The professional’s choice – my pick of the latest tiling

equipment As a professional you will no doubt have your go to products and

equipment when it comes to tackling those tiling projects. However, with new products and innovative solutions coming on to the market all the time, it pays to be open minded and willing to try new products. From bathroom walls to kitchen floors, installing tiles takes precision and

skill. While tiling large expanses of wall can be done quickly, those tricky cuts, awkward angles and tight spaces can be testing for even the most experienced tiler.

Of course, another challenge can be bringing to life a customer’s vision for

how they want their space to look. For a while the trend has been for ‘metro’ style tiles, which are fairly easy to handle. However, trends are changing, with designers predicting a move towards highly patterned tiles which require more precision and design flair when installing if they are to look aesthetically pleasing. Add in the move towards wet rooms, which require the space to be

completely tiled and sealed as well as the installation of oversized tiles which present the issue of weight, and it’s clear to see – tiling isn’t always easy! While achieving a professional standard of finish is always the ultimate goal,

it is also important to complete each project in a timely manner, after all, time is money! With this in mind, I’ve come up with my pick of the most innovative tiling tools and equipment that could help you on your next project…

The Kapro Laser Square The Kapro Prolaser range of equipment has been designed to withstand the rigours of site life and the Kapro Laser Square Line Level does just that. Offering neat results, this simple tool does away with the need of a plumb line and square as it easily projects two lines at right angles to each other on walls and floors. Easy to see and accurate, the laser lines make finding a starting point easy. Flex Laser tools digital spirit level The spirit level is simple design at its very best, reliable, easy to use and performing time and time again, why then, over complicate things by adding technology in to it? Well, the ADL 60 digital spirit level from Flex brings more to the table. Of course, it’s self- levelling and precise, but it also boasts a point laser for optical extension of the spirit level and the option to switch the unit measurement. The switchable display for overhead work and durable design make the ADL 60 a toolbox essential. DEWALT D24000 wet tile saw When it comes to a tile saw you want something that is accurate, high performing and efficient. Offering precision cutting, the D24000 delivers on accuracy and power with its 1.5hp motor and premium blade ensuring it can handle a wide range of materials. Easy to use and robust, it also offers excellent water control meaning dust is minimised. Whatever tools and equipment make up your toolbox, be sure to market your

services effectively by considering joining a consumer directory such as Checkatrade. This free to access directory features only vetted and approved tradespeople, giving consumers extra reassurance when choosing a tradesperson, such as a tiler, in their local area. Find out more about what it takes to be a Checkatrade member at

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Work safely at height with new aluminium telescopic ladders

from Draper Tools When it comes to working at height, it’s vital to have equipment you know you can rely on. New from trusted brand Draper Tools are two high-quality, versatile aluminium ladders, available in an 11-rung and 13-rung model. Manufactured in accordance with EN131.6 standards, the ladders help ensure maximum safety when working at height. Don’t forget, in the UK all employers must comply with the HSE’s Work at

Height regulations, which state that the risks from work at height must be assessed and that appropriate work equipment is selected and used. Each of the new Draper Tools ladders comes

fitted with sturdy slip-resistant feet which help to stabilise them when in use. The telescopic mechanism allows the 11-rung ladder to reach a height of 3200mm and the 13-rung ladder to reach a fully extended height of 3800mm. There’s a convenient control mechanism for safe and easy operation of this telescopic function. The ladders can be securely closed with ease

when not in use, thanks to their handy hook and loop straps. The 13-rung model measures only 905mm when closed – perfect for transportation and access into confined areas. Suitable for a range of different tasks they’re ideal for both professional trade users and domestic use too. To find out more and for stockist details please visit

telephone 01444 440188

New Pro Ply Tile Backer Board from Norcros Adhesives – providing a backbone for tiling projects

The key to a successful tiling job lies not in the tiles themselves, but in what the tiles are fixed to. The latest launch from Norcros Adhesives provides a strong, stable background for all types of projects, especially installations in bathrooms and wetrooms. Norcros Pro Ply Tile Backer Board is a high performance, mineral based,

water-resistant backer board, which is both mould-resistant and exceptionally strong. The product is manufactured using a process that produces very little in the way of CO2 emissions, unlike cement-particle and gypsum boards. The board is silica and asbestos–free and has a Class A1 non-combustibility fire rating, making it ideal for use with underfloor heating and in build-ups for fire-resistant systems and firewalls. As with all Norcros Adhesives products, Pro Ply is covered by a lifetime guarantee. Norcros Pro Ply Tile Backer is suitable for use internally and externally, on both

walls and floors, and is exceptionally strong and easy to use. “Norcros Pro Ply Tile Backer adds a new strength to our product range,” says

Mandy Searle, head of technical services at Norcros Adhesives. “Further increasing our ability to provide a complete-system approach for achieving high-quality, reliable tiling jobs, especially in areas where particular care has to be taken, such as in wetrooms, and areas which are subject to heat.” Norcros Adhesives, Harewood Street,

Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, ST6 5JZ Tel: 01782 524140



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