Bricklayers Tool Kit
The bricklayer's tool kit must be used with great care and properly maintained, firstly, because
of the safety aspect arid secondly, because the tools can be of great expense.
When purchasing tools, consideration must be taken on how often the tools will be used. With
every day use, the tools have to be made to be able to withstand the work. Often this is not
the case with less expensive tools.
Below is a list of the tools, how they should be used and properly maintained:
These came various sizes and shape ranging
between ten and fourteen inches. One side of the
trowel has a more rounded edge, this being for rough
cutting, however, this use is not advised for the
beginner. The measurements are the actual blade
size, the width of trowel also varies and beginners
will find a narrower trowel easier to use. The rounded
side on the trowel makes it suitable for both left and
right handed operators. When the trowel is not in use for a period of time, clean it off dry and
apply a light coat of oil to avoid rusting.
A smaller version of the brick trowel but with both edges being straight, these
are used for certain types of pointing or to add a finish to the brick work and
should be maintained as the Brick trowel.
This will be the most expensive part of
the tool kit, thus keeping the bricklayers
(horizontal) and plumb
(vertical). These also come in various sizes. The main size for everyday work is nine hundred
millimetres or twelve hundred millimetres.
Like the Spirit Level above, it has two bubbles, (one for
levelling, the other for plumbing) but is smaller. It is very
handy for decorative panels and soldier courses.
Line and Pins
These are used when corners of the building have to be built to run in the
bricks between. The pins are tapered at the ends to allow for inserting
into joints. It is important that the line is kept free of knots and clean of