Videos and articles for the tile, stone and concrete industry including how to videos, and product reviews.

  • Makita 18v LXT Lithium Ion Cordless Brushless Angle Grinder Review

    In this video Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero demonstrates and features and benefits of the new Makita Cordless Angle Grinder (XAG17ZU) This cordless and brushless grinder fits 4-1/2" and 5" blades, grinding cups, and polishing pads. It also features the Makita AWS communication system that uses bluetooth technology to communicate on/off with the Makita AWS dust collector. It has auto speed change to adjust speed and torque during operation for optimum performance, and a soft start feature that suppresses start-up reaction for smooth start-ups and longer gear life. The Makita cordless Brushless Angle Grinder is a major improvement in workplace technology and makes onsite cutting, grinding, and polishing a breeze.

  • How To Mix A Small Batch Of Laticrete PermaColor Select Grout

    In this YouTube Video Demonstration Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero shows you how to mix Laticrete PermaColor Select Grout Colorant in a Laticrete Mixing Container then how to mix a small batch of Laticrete PermaColor Select Base Grout with the mixed colorant. With this method you can store the water colorant mixture for months and the grout base separately and mix batches as you need them. This is ideal for the tiling professional as you can have multiple batches of different color colorant available for jobs as needed and are not wasting materials by always mixing full batches of grout and colorant and having to throw away any unused grout. At Master Wholesale we sell the Laticrete Mixing Containers as well as the Laticrete PermaColor Select Grout Base and all of the available colors of Laticrete Permacolor Grout Colorant Kits.

  • How to polish stone or porcelain tile with diamond hand polishing pads

    In this short video Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero shows you how to polish a tile edge that has been cut to a smooth elegant finish using Master Wholesale's RockMaster Diamond Hand Polishing Pads. These Diamond Hand Polishing Pads have a foam back for comfort and ease of use, and come in grits from 70 grit to 3500 grit. If you have a small job or are just polishing a few tiles this is a great way to get beautiful results. If you have a larger job you will want to invest in a power grinder/polisher and a set of polishing pads.

    It is important with the lowest grit (70 grit) to remove all the cutting marks from the tile edge. As you move up the grit levels you go from sanding to polishing, and the final 3200 grit will really smooth and darken the polished edge.

  • How To Stone The Edge Of Porcelain Tile Or Stone

    In this Blog Post, Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero shows you how to stone the edge of stone and porcelain tile. This is adding back the beveled edge after cutting the tile for a clean chip free tile edge. If installing tile with schluter edge trim or similar this is an absolute must.

    We look at three different products to smooth and stone the tile edges; a Master Wholesale 60 grit rubbing stone, a RockMaster 70 grit Foam Backed Diamond Hand Pad, and an EdgeCraft Diamond Hand File with the coarse grit.

    First, you will want to smooth the cut tile edge, then add the bevel. When adding the bevel back hold the file at a 45 degree angle to the edge of the tile. Gently rub along the entire tile side, and for harder stones apply more pressure. Time will vary depending on tile material and tool selected.

    The Diamond hand pad did the best job in the least amount of time. while the EdgeCraft came in a close second. The EdgeCraft does come with two other grits for other jobs, which is a plus. The 60 grit rubbing stone works great on softer stone tiles but requires more work for harder stone and porcelain tile. For larger tile jobs grinders with diamond resin pads or sandpaper will save you time. But for small jobs and home craftsmen these are great inexpensive alternatives.

  • Bridge Saw vs Sliding Table Saw

    In this video Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero compares an Imer Bridge Saw to a Dewalt Tile Saw with a sliding table. These are two different approaches to the same result of getting the cleanest and straightest cut on the tiles you are cutting. Each saw has it's advantages and disadvantages. Starting with the Imer, this is a large and some what heavier tile cutting saw, but it's advantage comes in when you need to cut larger tiles. This is because it does not have an arm mounting the motor and tile saw blade to the saw base that can get in the way when cutting across longer tiles. It can produce miter cuts at any angle from 0 to 45 degrees, and is more stable making precise cuts with ease.
    Next we have the Dewalt Wet Tile Saw. This saw is lighter, easier to maneuver around the worksite, and less expensive but has it's drawbacks as well. For cutting large format tiles the bridge saw is going to have the most available cutting angles, giving it better versatility. The Dewalt will do miter cuts at 22.5 degrees and 45 degrees only. Both of these tile cutting saws are very well made and each has it's place in the tile setter's arsenal. It just depends what exactly you are looking for in a tile saw.

  • How To Wet Drill On Porcelain Tile With A Porcelain Diamond Hole Saw Bit

    Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero shows you how to wet drill a hole in porcelain tile with a porcelain diamond drill bit. You will need two small pieces of plywood and a wood cutting drill bit of the same diameter as the wet cutting diamond hole saw bit.
    First you drill a hole in one of the pieces of wood placing the other piece behind it so you don't drill into your work surface. This hole will serve as a pilot hole for the diamond bit to stop it from moving around as you start to drill your hole in the porcelain tile.
    Next switch to the porcelain bit and place a piece of wood under the tile and line up the one with the pilot hole to where you want your hole in the porcelain tile. Pour a little bit of water in the pilot hole and then start drilling. Once you have started the hole, you can remove the plywood guide, add a bit more water and continue drilling. You may need to add water a couple more time before you are through the tile.

  • How To Dry Core Drill On Tile Or Stone

    Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero shows you how to dry core drill in tile using a RockMaster Diamond Core Drill Bit.

    You will need two pieces of wood, one for a template, and one to put under the tile so you don't drill into the surface you are working on. Start by using a hole saw wood cutting bit of the same diameter to cut a hole in the wood template. Once the hole is cut line up the template with the spot on the tile or stone that you wish to core through.
    Before you switch to the RockMaster dry core bit, remove the center drill bit from the core bit with an Allen Wrench. The core bit works much faster without it.
    Once you have done this, start drilling using the high speed setting on your drill. After the hole is started you may remove the template to finish the core hole.

  • How To Wet Drill With A Non-Coring Bit

    Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero demonstrates how to wet drill on a stone tile with a small RockMaster Non-Coring Drill Bit. You will need two pieces of wood; one for under the stone tile, and one on top to help steady the drill bit as you start to drill in to the tile.
    Start by marking the tile where you want to drill the hole. Next drill a pilot hole in the top piece of wood and line it up with the mark you made on the tile. This will be your template. Now you can change bits and start drilling with your non-coring bit. Line up your template with the mark on the tile, pour some water in the hole on the template, and start drilling. As soon as the hole is started you can remove the wood template and drill directly on the tile. Make sure to continue to add water as you drill through the tile. If you are drilling on a vertical piece of material, we sell a wet drill bit guide from Alpha Tools that delivers water to the drilling spot.

  • Diamond Core Bit - How to Reopen or Sharpen

    Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero demonstrates how to sharpen or reopen a diamond core bit to cut like new again. Blake uses a 60 Grit rubbing stone and drills at an angle at first then slowly moves the drill directly over the stone. Then rock back and forth to get the edges of the hole saw bit, and finally engage the motor in reverse and rock back and forth for 10 to 20 seconds. Your diamond hole saw blade should cut like new again. #masterwholesale #diamondcoredrillbit #diamondcorebit #corebitsharpening #reopencorebit

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