The Best Masonry Hand Tools
Laying brick and stone takes a different set of tools than most jobs. We offer the best collection of masonry hand tools and equipment. We have put together a list of 7 must-have masonry tools that you will need for brick or stone construction job.
Masonry brushes are useful and inexpensive tools for applying a variety of heavy materials such as masonry cement or liquid waterproofing on rough surfaces. Perfect for applying water-based masonry paints to the exterior painted brickwork or render.
A trowel comes in different types and sizes and is a small pie-shaped tool that is attached to a small handle. It is used to pick up mortar or concrete and spread it onto the brick you are about to put in place. Sometimes the brick may get set down a little out of alignment. The butt end of the handle can be used to tap it into place. Trowels come in all shapes and sizes. The one that you use depends on how big or how special the job is.
Concrete grooving is the process of creating patterned grooves along concrete surfaces. Grooving is usually performed on bridge decks, airport runways, parking desks, and other paved surfaces in order to accommodate high-speed traffic. Hand Groover is a high-quality professional tool, designed to meet the needs of any job, it has a smooth surface to create crisp, sharp grooves. It is weighted for optimal performance, and it has a comfortable, classic wood handle. Heavy gauge steel blade is durable and easy to clean. The purpose of the tool is to control the location of cracks that may form when the slab "contracts" due to drying shrinkage or temperature changes.
This tool has an L-shaped edge on one side to break the concrete edge away from the form boards. It also has a tapered edge to give the edge of the concrete a professional finish. This tool works on blocks, stones, landscape projects and precast, and come in different styles like walking and hand edgers.
Bull Floats and hand floats are used to eliminate high and low spots, and to slightly embed large aggregate particles immediately after strike off. These floats will also work up more paste to the top of the slab to help in finishing later. They come in a variety of handle styles and can choose from magnesium and steel.
Jointers are made to make mortar joints, the spaces between bricks where the mortar is seen. Many jointers look like a long, flat metal bar that has been bent in the middle. They may be round, flat, or pointed as well different styles like tuck pointer, barrel and grapevine. The shape that masons use is determined by the type of joint they need to make.
The straight edge is used to make level or plumb lines longer. It is generally about 1 ½ inches thick, 6 to 10 inches wide, and up to 16 feet long. It is extremely important that the top and bottom edges of a straight edge are perfectly parallel. Even the slightest warp can throw everything off. Typically, they are made from steel, aluminum and magnesium.