Notch Trowels

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Notched Trowels, much like Adhesive Spreaders are used to comb and spread adhesive across areas where tiles are to be laid. The different notch designs and sizes available ensure there is a trowel fit enough for any tiling application, whether it be for mosaics or floor tiles. It is important to remember that a notch depth 2/3's the size of the tile is used.

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8mm Square Notch Trowel
11 x 4.5"


When to Use:

A carbon steel trowel, with wooden handle recommended for:

- Recommended for fixing:
>tiles onto internal walls in wet areas
>large tiles onto internal walls
>tiles onto external walls
>small floor tiles

- Download Notch Trowel Guide Info Sheet (PDF File)

How to Use:

What you'll need:-

- Notch Trowel
- Adhesive
- Bucket
- Tiles

Determine what size notched trowel you need. This is determined by the size of the tile, the surface to be tiled and the type of tile adhesive that you're using. The depth of the notched trowel should be two-thirds the thickness of the tile you are setting, i.e) if you're using a 6mm Notch Trowel the tile would be around 9/10mm in thickness.

2) Apply the tile adhesive to the substrate in a small area. Scoop out some tile adhesive from the adhesive bucket using the short end side of the notched trowel. Apply it onto the substrate.Then using the long, flat side of the notched trowel, smooth it out.

3) Use the short notched side of the trowel to apply additional tile adhesive. Comb the substrate area until the notches are full to determine that you have applied the correct depth of tile adhesive to the area.

4) Using a twisting action apply the tile to the tile adhesive.

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Notch trowels are essential tools needed for spreading adhesive during the installation of tiles on both wall and floor surfaces. It is also important to remember that depth of the notched trowel should always be 2/3's the thickness of the tile you are fixing - i.e) a 6mm trowel will benefit a tile at a thickness of 9 to 10mm.

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