When building or remodeling a room, kitchen, upstairs or downstaipe, the most important piece of equipment you need is a level. This is a machine used to measure and determine where and how thick or thin an area must be filled with something.
A level can help you determine how deep and how large an area you want when laying out your plan for the room. A level can also help you determine if an area is level or not when laying out your plans.
There are many types of levels such as platform, dolly, edge-line, & floor-level. Each has its own benefits and uses.
6” square edge trowel
The 6” square edge trowel is one of the most recognizable tools in brick masonry construction. The square shape makes it easy to pick up and use, making it a top choice tool for beginners.
Used as a pencil, the 6” square edge trowel can be used to draw lines, mark locations, and apply new brick or brickwork. The round body makes it easier to hold and move with ease, making it a favorite for more advanced users.
Adding some detail to the edge of a brick or the outside of a piece of work-in-progress is a low-tech way to add another layer of finish. A 6” square edge trowel will usually run around $10-$15 depending on where you buy it.
6” round edge trowel
The 6” round edge trowel the majority of roofing contractors and home remodelers are currently using. This smooth, round edge trowel is often paired with a chisel.
The 6” round edge trowel is the most common tool deployed by contractors. It can be paired with a chisel or a handsaw, making it a versatile tool. Due to its versatility, the 6” round edge trowel can be matched up with the smaller handsaws or longer-radius chisels.
Unlike the larger 8-12″ square and 12-16″ rectangular edges that are commonly used, the 6” round edge has an even flange on both sides to make it more compatible with smaller handsaws or shorter cuts. The 6” round edge also has an even thickness across the top, making it easier to tell if a cut was successful or not.
8” square edge trowel
this tool is relatively new to the market, having being introduced only recently in high-quality yellow and black versions of the same tool. This version comes with a colored cover to help you tell which side is front and which is back.
This feature was added so you do not have to look at the tool while working, since you would have to turn a end of the brick into a start. Having this cover make it easier to use the tool also prevents it from getting stuck, as some people can happen when starting to dig.
This edge type can be used on many different kinds of bricks such as natural or block-type bricks. When using this type of trowel, make sure you are standing on a level surface so your feet make contact with the ground.
8” round edge trowel
The 8” round edge trowel is one of the most common tools in brick masonry. It is typically used for laying down mortar and/or dusting surfaces.
The 8” round edge trowel is typically used at a medium to heavy angle due to its thickness. This gives you more control when using the tool.
When laying down the 8” round edge trowel, it is important that you hold onto the trowel at an angle of about 30 degrees while laying down a bead of mortar. This will ensure that the first piece of tile or drywall that you lay down gets registered as having a proper surface and starts to bond with the rest of the house.
A brick masonry tool is called a wall brush or a firebrick tool. A brick masonry tool is typically made from carbon steel or alloy steel. These tools are also known as chisel or hammer-bit tools.
Carbon steel tools are generally more durable as they can be repeatedly rangyed on concrete and mortar applications. Alloy steel tools are considered less durable as they do not give the user the option to re-tweak the edge of the brick or add more strength to the wall.
A brick masonry tools and equipments is a very important part of your brick masonry tool set. You need a good brush to paste the mortar in the right place and to smooth out the edges of the bricks.
A brush can be made out of soft or hard bristles, depending on your job. Most jobs call for a medium-hard brush that will remove some pockets of mortar in the bricks.
The size of the brush also plays a role in how much product you get out of it. A small, thin brush will take more effort to put enough pressure on the brick to bring up any product, let alone paint it!
Some jobs call for a heavy-duty brush that will remove all the pockets of mortar in the bricks.
4” scotchbrite scrubber
This is the most important tool in your brick masonry tool set. The scotchbrite scrubber is used to remove dust, dirt, and grime from bricks, mortar, and surfaces around it.
Its rounded end can be used to sprinkle water on a brick to start the process of cleaning it. When done correctly, the bricked area will look like new!
The scotchbrite can also be applied directly onto a surface to dry. This is perfect for areas that may not beoted or marked out well. It also allows you to change its color as it drys, giving you different looks for your building.
Another use for the scotchbrite is when marking out rooms in your building.
4’’ soft scrub brush
This is a pretty new tool to have in your arsenal. A soft scrub brush is basically a rounded, flat brush with invisible permspray or detangling wires on the end.
Its function is the gently remove dirt and/or hair from the surfaces that you touch regularly, like clothes, floors, etc. This is perfect when you need to wash some stuff out, like a cloth diaper bag or travel diaper backpack.
You can buy these at any drugstore or mass retailer, but if you are very specific about which ones you use, then get one with different shapes on it so you can find it easily.
These are very cost-sensitive things to get because they are limited where they come in brick and mortar stores.