A few questions about installing tile

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Snoonyb

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Can I mix thinset with a 20V DeWalt drill?

I'm going to be mixing in a 5 gallon bucket with a paddle that looks like this.... (pic attached).

Do I need something better like a driver?
In the photo in the thread authored by you, "How to properly tape this room off to spray paint the ceiling?" there is a Milwaukee Hole Hog, so why no use that tool and save the wear and tear on the DeWalt?
 

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In the photo in the thread authored by you, "How to properly tape this room off to spray paint the ceiling?" there is a Milwaukee Hole Hog, so why no use that tool and save the wear and tear on the DeWalt?
That's a Bosch Rotary Hammer. I don't think it would work for that purpose.
 

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Interesting, I've owned, and still do, several different Bosch roto and demo hammers and none were ever red, just blue.
 

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Also, what's the best way to measure a perfect chalk line? I have a drywall square. Do I have to drive screws into the concrete to get the chalk line perfect?

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Measure from the square to the end wall . Measure by the door from the end wall and mark the floor. Move the square and hook the line to the end of the wall , hold it on the mark after pulling it tight and snap the line.
Double check it to the other end of the room and make sure you will be happy.
 

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Is this not the right drill to connect a mixing paddle to?

The paddle keeps falling out when it's spun. Definitely enough power.
Wether or not the spline on the mixing paddle is round or hexagonal, it will chuck in your drill motor.

If it's hexagonal it need to be correctly fitted so that all three jaws of the chuck land on a flat surface.

On the cheap drill motors you'll often to need to tighten the chuck in all three holes.

If all else fails, you may be able to change the chuck to a quality Jacobs chuck.
 

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Also, what's the best way to measure a perfect chalk line? I have a drywall square. Do I have to drive screws into the concrete to get the chalk line perfect?
Measure the room at both ends, in both directions, use a weight to hold one end of the line.

Be mindful of your layout, which can eliminate unnecessary cut pieces where the aesthetics would be unpleasant.
 

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Measure the room at both ends, in both directions, use a weight to hold one end of the line.

Be mindful of your layout, which can eliminate unnecessary cut pieces where the aesthetics would be unpleasant.
I was told to use the line where that drywall square is as the starting line. Not sure why, but that's what I'm going to use.
 

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Well I want to do what's right. From what I can tell, it doesn't really matter where I start except to avoid weird looking pieces near the edges.
That's why you do a layout, including the width of the grout lines.

As a for-instance, the wall where the range sets the floor beneath the cabinets has no balancing aesthetic value, because it can't be seen, however the other end of that room can, and when transitioning thru the doorway into the next room, how does that room layout follow.
 

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That's why you do a layout, including the width of the grout lines.

As a for-instance, the wall where the range sets the floor beneath the cabinets has no balancing aesthetic value, because it can't be seen, however the other end of that room can, and when transitioning thru the doorway into the next room, how does that room layout follow.
So I have to layout the whole house before I lay a single tile?
 

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You do it with a tape measure and a pencil and you make aesthetic adjustments as you go.

The aesthetics is in maintaining a pattern consistency in the border cuts. As a for instance, will the border cut be the same on both sides of the kitchen, and then follow into the adjacent room.
 

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You do it with a tape measure and a pencil and you make aesthetic adjustments as you go.

The aesthetics is in maintaining a pattern consistency in the border cuts. As a for instance, will the border cut be the same on both sides of the kitchen, and then follow into the adjacent room.
Once I lay the first tile, I'm setting the pattern for the whole house.

I could have an ugly 2" wide strip of tile along the wall in a bedroom without even knowing it.
 

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Once I lay the first tile, I'm setting the pattern for the whole house.
Not necessarily, but if that's what you choose.

Or, "You do it with a tape measure and a pencil and you make aesthetic adjustments as you go."

I could have an ugly 2" wide strip of tile along the wall in a bedroom without even knowing it.
Repeat.

There are cheap-n-dirty installation, and there are thoughtful, professional installations.
 
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