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  1. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    SW London
    So got to thinking today as I cast my eye over my array of tools and equipment that I use on a daily basis to carry out the work that I do.
    And what a difference 30+ years make!

    This was my kit back in 1983 oh plus a string line,
    What was your kit back when you first started???

    I'll post a pic of my current kit tomorrow, let's do yesteryear first :)

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    Yes, they're original Bal nippers, no, they're not for sale :D
     
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  2. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Walked out of North east tile training (a professional tiler ;)) with more or less the same bucket of gear Marc, plus half a bucket of addy on my JEANS :) oh and an angle finder and two batton stands that are still today unused. Only did course to tile my own bathroom, got home and it was erm "oh sh#t" ...what the hell am I gonna cut tiles with :(
     
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  3. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    The only thing I can add to that apart from the said string line is a TS40. The best new bit of kit I ever got was my first Sigma.
     
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  4. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    SW London
    Yeah it was a while before I got my first slide cutter. Can't remember how long tho. :)
     
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  5. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Didn't have a squeegee like that was handed a length of rubber to make one, and where's your mixing stick, pointing stick, hacksaw, wooden float and small boat level
     
  6. Chris Gibbs

    Chris Gibbs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    North wales
    My first ever job was a herringbone on the 45 with a two tile border... they were 20mm thick and 200x 100. I had a bucket with a stick. An 8mm notched trowel and a grinder (borrowed) His mate, a tiler of 10 years came round for a brew and saw the floor. He offered me a job on the spot. I did a pub for him in Cheshire out of the back of a borrowed fiesta with no clutch and never looked back.
    My dad took me out and bought me a load of tools, then some scumbag Stanley knifed the window out of the car and robbed everything. On the plus side I started seeing the copper that gave me the incident number :)
     
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  7. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
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  8. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
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  9. Chris Gibbs

    Chris Gibbs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

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    North wales
  10. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    The way tile sizes are, maybe
     
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  11. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Yep you're right about squeegee, that's the oldest one I could find. And I did look at my boat level and wondered whether to include it, and believe it or not I did consider putting in a mixing stick haha
    But I don't believe I had more than what you see above. And a mixing stick would have been sourced on site. And yes the squeegee would have been a rubber blade, but hey, my memnory isn't what it used to be Dave. :)
     
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  12. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    And you would be lucky to have a sponge like that:)
     
  13. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Aberdeen
    Yeah I know, bloody Toffolo used to source sofas from homes that the auld biddies had went to meet their makers and the sponge smelled of ass and other things
     
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  14. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Aberdeen
    And their pyjamas to buff up the walls
     
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  15. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler Top Contributor

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    Gateshead NE8, UK
    We used wet towels to wash of floors or sawdust.Sponges as stated from old
    seat cushions or gray corrugated foam from the lagging
     
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  16. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Aberdeen
    @3_fall@3_fall your threads been jacked and it wasn't me this time!! :rolleyes:
     
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  17. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    You should know better Mark!
     
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  18. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Aberdeen
    He was advertising fake passports,money and other things on the rug pushers site aswell Marc!
     
  19. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Who Mark? Haha
     
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  20. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    6 months trial to see if you were Suitable to serve your time, after 6 months trial sign your papers for apprenticeship of 3 years then you were given your tools then was £2.00 per week off pay for them.
    1x 600 mm green canvas tool bag with zip.
    1 hickory handle heavy hammer.
    1 pin hammer.
    1 tungsten tipped chisel.
    1 cold chisel.
    1 rubber mallet.
    1 6mm tyzack steel serrated trowel
    1 10 mm tyzack steel serrated trowel
    1 tyzack steel trowel
    1 spear and Jackson hacksaw and 3 blades
    1 pair steel pincers
    1 pair tungsten mosaic snips
    1 bal tungsten scriber
    1 wooden float
    1 pair tin snips
    1 600 mm Rabone Chesterman box level
    1 Rabone Chesterman small wooden boat level
    1 plumb bob
    1 tyzack guager
    1 length black rubber to make a blade squeegee
    1 Rabone Chesterman metre wooden ruler
     
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  21. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    SW London
    The first course or so called professional training I ever did was a 3 day Bisazza course 4 yrs ago.
    Since then, a stone restoration course. Lithofin day course, and the schluter wet room course, twice!
    And of course, a Porcelthin acquaintance course.
    That's the total sum of my professional training in 35 years.
     
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  22. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

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    Yorkshire
    Where was the stone resto course ?

    My first tools were inherited from my dad as he started to double up on tools so I had some of my own. very basic but there was a ts30. A tungsten hammer and clamp for knocking holes out of ceramics.
     
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  23. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    SW London
    Here Andy.


    Stone restoration
     
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  24. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    did not this have anyone?
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    I never had a tungsten hammer.
    I always used angular grinder.
    at the beginning a 230mm :(.
    but I remember this.
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  25. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Just used heavy hammer and pin hammer to make holes in ceramic tiles
     
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  26. Simons70

    Simons70 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Luton
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    My first cutter
     
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  27. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    My first cutter

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  28. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Gloucester
    Grouting was done with this kind of tool.

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  29. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    And one pair of overalls between 10 of us... :(
     
  30. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    North East England
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  31. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    And so today?.......
    along with all the usual hand tools we need like trowels and stuff, there's this
    Respirator
    Dust extraction
    3.6m slide cutter
    120mm slide cutter (on site)
    Small slide cutter.
    Heavy tile breaker
    Really heavy tile breakers :D
    Rail guided grinder
    Array of grinders for grinding, cutting, and polishing.
    Lifting system for large awkward and delicate pieces.
    Along with mixing paddles
    The list appears to be endless.
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    Can you do without them?
    Yeah course you can, there's always a way to get by.
    Doing it day in, day out, it can make life a lot bloody simpler.
    But hey!
    It's just tiling eh! :)
     
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    Last edited: Sep 10, 2017
  32. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    I'm sorry, but I can not expose my equipment.....
    my wife would not let me expose it at home ....;)
     
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  33. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I hate spending money on tools unless I need them...
    I still use levels and straight edges instead of lasers
    Still use a sponge, not a wash boy......or splash boy..... . ;)
     
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  34. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Tight sod!:eek:
     
  35. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Absolutely...... :)
     
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