Best bricklayer's tools


1. Pointing trowel

 pointing trowel 

A pointing trowel is the smallest trowel used by bricklayers. It is typically used for pointing work and any other small jobs that may be required. Blades are usually between 5-6 inches (12-15cm) in length.


2. Brick trowel

 brick trowel 

The brick trowel is larger than the pointing trowel though similar in shape. Used for picking up and spreading mortar. Their blades are typically between 10-12 inches (25-30) in length.


3. Finishing trowel

 finishing trowel 

The finishing trowel's large, flat face allows you to smooth, level or texture the surfacecoat of mortar, plaster or concrete.


4. Edging trowel

 edging trowel 

The edging trowel is essentially a finishing trowel that has a rounded edge, this allows you make smooth finishes to the corners of your walls.


5. Flooring trowel

 flooring trowel 

The flooring trowel has a flat face which is squared at one end and pointed at the other. This design allows it to fit neatly into corners.


6. Lump hammer

 lump hammer 

A heavy hammer typically weighing 1.2kg (42oz) used with a brick bolster for splitting and cutting bricks. Can also be used in demolition work.


7. Claw hammer

 claw hammer 

A claw hammer is a standard piece of equipment for any worker. Used for driving in andprying out nails. 


8. Brick hammer

 brick hammer 

The brick hammer is purposely designed for dressing masonry and bricks. The hammer is "T" shaped with one end chisel shaped and the other end blunt. The chisel end is used for chipping away at masonry and the blunt end is used for driving. Great for cutting bricks to the correct size.


9. Brick bolster

 brick bolster 

The brick bolster is essentially a cold chisel that has a broad cutting blade used for splitting bricks. Typically struck with a lump hammer. 


10. Cold chisel

 cold chisel 

A cold chisel is a simple steel rod with a sharp, shaped cutting end used to chip away mortar and to loosen old brickwork.


11. String line

 string line 

Sometimes known as a bricklayer's line, a string line is used to mark out the course of brickwork so as to keep your walls straight.


12. Spirit levels (long, medium and short)

 spirit level 

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.


13. Steel tape measure

 tape measure 

Every bricklayer needs one of these on their toolbelt. Used to measure distances. Most tape measures extend up to 5 meters but you can get longer tapes. Retracts back into a handy pocket-sized case. 


14. Bricklayer's pins

 brick pins 

Used in conjunction with your string line, these pins are essential to any bricklayer. The line keeps the brick course straight and the pins keep the line in place.


15. Shovel


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.


16. Digging spade

 digging spade 

The digging spade is designed for cutting down into the ground and is an all-round versatile tool. 


17. Rabbitting shovel

 rabbiting shovel 

The rabbiting shovel is designed specifically for digging post holes and a deep narrow trenches. Its thin blade makes digging in hard ground much easier. 


18. Bucket


A thoroughly handy tool with multiple uses. You can carry pretty much anything you want in a bucket as well as being able to mix in it and roughly measure your mortar materials.


19. Builder's square 

 builder's square 

A builder's square is used for marking out brick and block corners to ensure they are perfect right-angles.


20. Brick jointer 

 brick jointer 

Jointers are simple metal tools designed for use in finishing your mortar joints. There are several types of jointer all of which give different finishes.


21. Brick hod

 brick hod 

A brick hod is used to carry bricks and sometimes mortar.


22. Brick tongs

 brick tongs 

Brick tongs are a simple tool that uses lever pressure to keep a number of bricks in place so that they can be easily transported from one place to another by hand.


23. Broom

 soft broom 

Show your customers your level of professionalism by keeping a clean and tidy site. The humble broom can do wonders for your reputation as a diligent worker. 


24. Corner blocks

 corner blocks 

Corner blocks are used in combination with your string line. They keep the line in place so that your walls don't wander off-course.


25. Laser level with pole and detector

 laser level and pole detector 

A laser level will send a laser signal out to a detector and will signal with a bleep when it is level with the laser. Accurate over 300 metres.


26. Cordless combi drill

 cordless combi drill 

A combi drill has multiple functions and can be used to drive screws and drill holes. Being battery powered makes it portable and easy to use. 


27. SDS drill

 SDS drill 

You will need a heavy-duty, mains supplied power drill for larger projects. It is possible to burn out your standard cordless drill's motor if it is not sufficiently powerful especially on tasks such as drilling numerous holes in concrete or masonary.


28. Rubber mallet

 rubber mallet 

The rubber mallet is often used in bricklaying to knock masonary, slabs, bricks and blocks into position. The weight of the rubber means that little effort is needed to use it and the rubber leaves no mark on your workpieces.


29. Mortar board/hawk


You will want a mortar board with a minimum diameter of 12 inches. They are usually made from plastic, metal or wood and have a handle centred on its underside. Used for holding and carrying mortar when bricklaying or filling holes in walls. 

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