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How to use a brick rake

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Before you begin

 Make sure the brick rake is set up correctly and run the tool's wheels over the brick faces so as the tools pin rakes away the mortar in the joint

Set the depth

Make sure the brick rake is set up to the depth you require before you begin.

Make sure the spade bolt is securely tightened so as you do not loose the pin that does the raking Make sure the spade bolt is securely tightened so you do not lose the robust pin!

To find out how to set the depth, see our section: How to adjust the cutting depth on a brick rake.

Using the brick rake

Hold the brick rake handle parallel to the 'perps' and 'beds' of mortar

Step 1 – Grip handle

Hold the brick rake handle parallel to the ‘beds’ (horizontals) of mortar.

The wheels direct the pin that does the raking - keeping the pin between the bricks

Step 2 – Apply pressure

As you begin to move the tool, apply downward pressure to scrape away at the mortar. Try to keep a steady even pressure on the tool as you work.

 Move the tool along the 'perps' and 'beds' and then go back and repeat the action so that the depth you have raked is even throughout

Step 3 – Along beds down perps

Move the tool along the ‘beds’ and down the ‘perps’.

Taking the brick rake out and then going over the same area

Step 4 – Move side to side

Move the tool from side to side as you go, scraping mortar evenly.

working your way down the wall

Step 5 – Work your way down

You should work on the higher areas first and then work down the wall when removing mortar. This way, once you have worked on an area it will remain clean.

 Make sure your pin is in the mortar - obvious but easy mistake to make!

Wonkee Donkee’s top tip

Make sure your pin is in the mortar and not on the bricks – an obvious but easy mistake to make!