A trowel is a small hand tool used for digging, applying, smoothing, or moving small amounts of viscous or particulate material. Common varieties include the masonry trowel, garden trowel, and float trowel.
A power trowel is a much larger gasoline or electrically powered walk-behind device with rotating paddles used to finish concrete floors.

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  1. O

    trowel for 2.4x1.2m tile, 3mm bed (tiger?)

    Manufacturer specified 3mm bed for these large format (2.4x1.2m) tiles, and that's what the build prepped for. Now I'm wondering what trowel to use to get the best results; was going for a u-notched one, but now I'm wondering whether a tiger trowel would be better? Though I can't find any info...
  2. S

    which trowel to use for tiling

    I have a laminate flooring that is 12 mm to a down stairs toilet having to put new tiles down the tiles are 6mm. . so i need to tile up to the laminate flooring ,what size trowel would you recommend ,plus the flooring is ashfelt and what adhesive should be used .
  3. nonrev321

    1/4 x 3/8 U notched Trowel

    Hello, Due to slight small bumpy-ness in wall I hope to be able to level it out when setting 12 x 12 tile. I may need slightly more than 1/8 inch depth under the tile though. If a 1/4 x 1/4 square notched trowel leaves 1/8 inch thin set depth under the tile what would a 1/4 x 3/8 U notched...
  4. Y

    Marble ShowerTrowel Size

    Oops, I am reposting this into the correct forum Building a walk-in shower & additional soaking tub area 1) What specific size notched trowel for 6"x18" Carrara (stone) marble on Kerdi board shower walls. Installed in a 50/50 brick pattern with 1/16" jts. Tiles will be back buttered 2) Is a...
  5. Y

    DIY Trowel Size for Carrara Marble

    Hello. Doing... ( extremely slowly ).. a walk-in shower & additional soaking tub area 1) What specific size notched trowel for 6"x18" Carrara (stone) marble on Kerdi board shower walls. Installed in a 50/50 brick pattern with 1/16" jts. Tiles will be back buttered 2) Is a levelling...
  6. P

    Trowel size for 12mm bed

    I have nearly finished cleaning up and sealing 300 reclaimed 6 inch quarries that are 1 inch thick, they will be laid on a concrete slab, the bed i need is about 12 -13 mm thick , to achieve this thickness what is the best way to do it, go with a 20 mm trowel and back butter the tiles. Never...
  7. Chode84

    4mm porcelain floor mosaic - Trowel size?

    Hi all, I’ve got three bathrooms to tile using 3.8mm Winckelmans porcelain hexagons (25mm). The substrate is fibre cement sheet over floorboards. What’s the best type and size of trowel to use for a tile this thin? I was thinking a 4mm std. notch trowel. Does anyone have a better suggestion...
  8. A

    How to use a trowel on top of a tanking membrane

    Hi everyone, I'm a DIYer with a week's training how to tile. I am about to tile my shower. I plan to use a tanking kit first such as the MAPEI one. My question however is, would the trowel scratch the surface of the cured membrane, causing a breach and negating any waterproofing done?
  9. Scotiansailor

    Size of notched trowel for 300x600mm uncalibrated slate?

    Hello, newbie here once again, trying to determine the best size of notched trowel for spreading adhesive for 300x600mm uncalibrated slate on our floor? Will be laying on a new concrete screed. Thanks for the help :)
  10. B

    Trowel size help

    Hi Some help please What trowel notch size would I need for floor porcelain tiles @ 90cm x 15cm? Would 10mm square be ok? Also is it best to back butter the tile or not needed on this size tile? Thanks
  11. D

    Trowel size for 600x600 floor tiles

    Morning All, I need to lay 600x600x10 ceramic floor tiles. I was wondering what the best trowel size for the job is please? Thanks for your help
  12. G

    Porcelain Trowel size advice

    Forgive me if I’m not posting this in the correct place I’m tiling my kitchen 4x3 with Porcelain tiles 600x300 I’m going to putting down Mapai ultraplan screed onto concrete tile giant have advised to use Mapei Keraquick (fast set) just unsure on the size trowel to use Any advice wud be helpful
  13. C

    Best Trowels: Feed back on Genesis Stainless Steel Ceramic Trowel Box Set 965SET

    Hello Has anyone had any experience using the Genesis Stainless Steel interchangeable trowels? My Vitrex 6mm notched trowel handle which is made of plastic snapped off so looking for something better constructed that will last. Any alternative options welcome i.e Rubi / Raimondi etc Cheers
  14. J

    10cm x 20cm ceramic tiles - trowel size and adhesive recommendation

    Hi I'm fixing 10cm x 20cm ceramic tiles to Jackoboard in a tanked shower area would be grateful for a recommendation on the ideal trowel notch size and a slow setting adhesive - preferably one that is availble from CTD. Many Thanks Martin
  15. J

    Trowel for metros?

    Morning! Putting 100x200 metros on kitchen wall. I have 8mm trim and 9mm gaps between walls and worktop. Could I use an 8mm square notched trowel or a 10mmu shaped trowel to achieve the bed needed cover the gap (or near enough) and fit the trim? If these trowels aren't what I need to use...
  16. J

    What size trowel to create 5mm adhesive bed for wall tiles

    Hi Due to start a DIY tiling job in my kitchen this weekend. Have had worktops fitted and in some places there are 10mm gaps between wall and worktop (where walls are out of square and all over the place). Using 100x200mm metro tiles which are 5mm thick and would like to put down a bed of...
  17. C

    trowel size?

    Hi everybody I wonder if I might ask a couple of general questions please? I am due to fix 6 mm Hardibacker on top of new chipboard I will prime with APD and fix with screws and a 6 mm square notched trowel for adhesive. I then need to fix 600 x 600 porcelain on top, I will back skim and then...
  18. P

    trowel notch size - confused advice

    good afternoon, this website says a 12x12 square notch gives you 6mm deep adhesive. it also says a round trowel leave a 1/3 of its size, so a 10mm round lays 3mm deep. my tiles are 400mm x 150mm, 10mm thick...
  19. M

    Trowel size

    I am wall tiling with 400mm x 150mm x 10mm ceramic tiles. What adhesive trowel should i use and should it be square notched or round edge? Source URL: UK Tiling Forum | Pro Tiling Advice -
  20. risotto

    Trowel size for 10mm thick stone mosaic

    Have a question that's been driving me crazy looking tirelessly online without any solution. Basically, I'm laying 10mm thick stone mosaics over a wetroom floor. The drain is fixed into the tray so there is no depth adjustment there to align with the tiles. So I need a total height of 14-15mm...
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