Best Bricklayers Tools
Bricklayers jobs are constantly changing in size and task difficulty. It is important that you have the best bricklayer’s tools for the job to make sure you maintain your own high standards of work.
At Wonkee Donkee we have compiled a list of the best bricklayers tools to make sure you are ready for any job that comes your way.
The finishing trowel’s large, flat face allows you to smooth, level or texture the surface coat of mortar, plaster or concrete. This is vital to achieving smooth and high quality finishes to jobs. A finishing trowel is a must-have tool for any bricklayer or plasterer who takes pride in high-quality work.
The edging trowel is essentially a finishing trowel that has a rounded edge, this allows you to make smooth finishes to the corners of your walls.
The edging trowel is similar to the finishing trowel in that it helps you achieve the perfect finishes on all edges of your work area whether you are working with mortar, concrete or plaster.
The brick bolster is essentially a cold chisel that has a broad cutting blade used for splitting bricks. Typically struck with a lump hammer.
A brick bolster allows you to concentrate the force of your hammer blows on one area to maximise the impact. This makes it a great tool for a demolition stage when you are removing bricks or tiles for example.
Spirit Level (Small, Medium and Large)
Another essential tool for any bricklayer. The spirit level is a straight edge used to check the alignment of the wall. It typically has two small windows or vials each containing liquid and an air bubble. When the air bubble lines up with the lines on the vial then your wall is perfectly horizontal or vertical.
Some people take a look at digital calipers too.
A laser level is a device that typically contains an internal spirit level or pendulum level which it self-balances before projecting a beam of light on to a surface. The laser signal is sent out to a detector and will signal with a bleep when it is level with the laser. Laser levels can be accurate over 300 metres allowing them to be used for small and large bricklaying jobs. The laser level device allows bricklayers to do high quality work with accuracy easily without the need repeatedly use a spirit level bar.
The humble shovel is easily overlooked as an essential piece of equipment but you cannot get by without one. The wider blade of the shovel is ideal for scooping debris and the rough measuring of materials.
The back of the blade can be used to pat down or smooth off. You can also use it to pry plasterboard from walls if demolishing is necessary. Strong and durable, if well looked after, will last a lifetime.
The rabbiting shovel is designed specifically for digging post holes and deep narrow trenches. Its thin blade makes digging in the hard ground much easier. Rabbiting shovels create neatly dug holes without disturbing the ground below. This makes them useful for ground possibly containing wiring or pipes.
Long Nosed Pliers
Mortar Board / Hawk
Cordless Combi Drill
A combi drill has multiple functions and can be used to drive screws and drill holes. It really is a must have for anyone who works with tools. Sometimes an angle grinder can be useful too. For bricklayers it can help in building structures and general jobs. Being battery powered also makes the cordless combi drill a dream to use as you can use it anywhere as long as it’s charged. This gets rid of the hassle of finding a plug socket as well as the cord getting in the way.