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Bricklaying – Complete Range of Supercraft Trowels – Monte Dwyer

Bricklaying – Complete Range of Supercraft Trowels – Monte Dwyer

Bricklaying – Complete Range of Supercraft Trowels – Monte Dwyer

Bricklaying – Complete Range of Supercraft Trowels – Monte Dwyer

There are many different trowels available, so Monte cleared up a few misunderstandings.

A gauging trowel is a small, rounded-pointed trowel used for plastering; the float is a rectangular trowel in steel or wood, and is used for finishing concrete or render; edging and grooving tools are also used for finishing concrete and render; the brickies trowel is a large triangular trowel with slightly rounded edges, and is heavy enough for tamping and cutting bricks, although there is a small version called a pointing trowel for tight spots and pointing mortar (such as ridge tiles); the caulking trowel is used for applying caulk to expansion joints and re-pointing mortar lines.

When you lay bricks use the trowel to place a long “sausage” of mortar on your footing (enough for a bit over two bricks). Drag the trowel point through the mortar in a saw-motion to make a trough. Place the bricks straight and level. “Butter” or apply mortar to the end of each brick and slide it into place. Use your trowel to trim excess mortar from both faces of the wall as you go. Take your time to make sure the wall stays straight and true and that mortar joints are an even thickness.

tip Monte’s Tip: Use string-lines and a long spirit-level very often to help keep your wall straight and level as you go.



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