Tile Leveling Clips
Tile Leveling Clips
Made out of a resilient material, the clips are capable of withstanding a good dose of pressure when the tiles are pressed onto the adhesive. This way, you can easily adjust the position of the tiles and perform a great job in a short period.
At the same time, clips are made to be removed. They feature a cut on the side when hit, with a hammer or shoes, breaks apart and the upper side of the clip is removed. Because of this, you will have to buy clips each time you need to complete a tiling project. Luckily, they are affordable items so this won't pose issues.
The size of clips made for tile leveling
- Clip 1/51" (0.5mm)
- Clip 1/32" (1mm)
- Clip 1/16" (2mm)
- Clip 1/8" (3mm)
In most cases, for a bathroom measuring 6'x9', a number of 100 clips will be sufficient as explained below:
- 12″ square tiles = 58 square feet
- 16″ square tiles = 103 square feet
- 18″ square tiles = 133.5 square feet
- 24″ square tiles = 100 square feet (in this situation, the number of clips will be doubled for each side of the tiles)
Calculating the number of clips for larger areas requiring tiles:
When you will use 1 clip for each side of the tile
- 12″ square tiles = 2 clips per square foot
- 16″ square tiles = 1.13 clips per square foot
- 18″ square tiles = 0.89 clips per square foot
When you will use 2 clips for each side of the tile
- 12″ square tiles = 4 clips per square foot
- 16″ square tiles = 2.26 clips per square foot
- 18″ square tiles = 1.78 clips per square foot
- 24″ square tiles = 1 clip per square foot
How to correctly use clips
Begin by spreading tile adhesive on a given surface, where the first tile will be set. Take a self-leveling spacer and position it underneath the tile, making sure all four sides are properly covered. Then position the tile on its spot and use spacers on all of its corners, as they are intended. In case you're installing tiles of larger sizes, you may need to install two spacers for each side of the tile.
Put the tile on position and use a rubber mallet to fix it into the adhesive by tapping on it gently.
Take the pliers with adjustable traction and help the wedge into the leveling spacer. Perform this part carefully so it won't go beyond the breaking point.
Allow the adhesive to set and dry. Once dried, you can proceed to remove the spacers by kicking them with a mallet, a hammer, or simply with your boot.
- Installing and removing spacers is a quick and straightforward process;
- Sturdy wedges are capable of fixing tiles better than any other tools;
- The system is suitable for floor and wall tiling projects;
- Tiles are pushed into the mortar, not pulled from it, which leads to long-lasting results;
How to properly remove clips for tile leveling systems
Many people wonder how to remove tile leveling clips, without making them break in the grout line, as this makes their removal difficult. This happens due to several reasons. Clips can break this way when they are made of low-quality materials, as they won't respond well to kicks and will break inadequately. Secondly, clips break this way mostly when used by beginners, as they have not learned yet how to correctly kick and remove clips.
More precisely, instead of kicking the clip on the side, where the breaking point is made, they kick the wedge out of its position. This makes the clip break out forcedly right above the surface of the floor. However, a part of the clip that remained in the grout line will stick out and will prevent achieving proper results when grouting.
When this happens, you end up wasting a lot of time trying to cut the remaining pieces of plastic, so you can obtain beautiful grout lines. As you can tell, no one has time for such nonsense.
Thus, it is worth learning how to do this procedure correctly. To remove the clips, kick it at its base, right where it rises above the surface of the tile. Do not kick the plastic too high and do not kick the wedge.