A margin trowel
makes it easier to scoop cement out of the bucket and butter the bricks.
Pour water in a little at a time and start mixing by hand using a margin trowel
. Tip the bucket toward you and roll it in a "cement mixer" style as you mix (Photo 3).
Tile setters use a margin trowel
for everything: prying up sunken tiles, nudging crooked ones, cleaning out grout lines, mixing up small batches of thin-set or grout, scooping mix out of the bucket and scraping up messes.
The only special tools you'll need are a notched trowel, a margin trowel
for mixing, a tile saw to cut tile around electrical boxes and at corners, and a level to draw layout lines.
Once the grout stiffens to the point that you cannot see a thumbprint (15 Io 30 minutes), press it into the joint with a margin trowel
. Let it dry 20 more minutes, then cut the excess off the surface with the edge of the trowel.
Use a margin trowel to lift the tiles and butter the backs.
* Clean excess thin-set from between tiles with a margin trowel or utility knife before it hardens.
The only specialized tools you'll need are the masonry tools shown in our photos: a masonry or cold chisel, a pointing trowel, a margin trowel and a striking tool.
Fill the gaps alongside the panel using your margin trowel and a pointing trowel.
notched trowel ($10) and "back butter" the caps with a margin trowel
($6) or putty knife.
Pointing and margin trowels
are used for patch work and for cleaning other tools.