Essential Tools for Brick Masonry Work
Brick masonry is a construction method that utilizes bricks and mortar to form a unified architectural structure such as walls and arches; it is also the term used to refer to the brick structure itself. Bricks are formed in a pattern and held together by mortar that acts as an adhesive. The integrity of a brick masonry work depends on the following: the type of brick and mortar used, and the skill of a masonry worker.
Brick masonry structures are renowned for their beauty, practicality, and strength. These features command good prices in the market. They are also low-maintenance structures and do not require repainting or staining; they can stand up against fire, wind, and water erosion. They also provide good insulation so that homes are kept cool during summer and warm during winters.
Brick masonry can support considerable weight; on its own, it is vulnerable to stress caused by twisting, shaking or stretching. Because of this, some brick structures need to be reinforced with steel beams, fiberglass batts or insulation boards to make them robust.
Here are the common brick masonry tools and equipment used.
The uses of this triangular-shaped tool: to pick up mortar from a board; to place and spread the mortar into a brick, or set of bricks; to secure a brick into the mortar by tapping. Sizes vary and can reach up to 11 inches in length and 8 inches in width. Masons prefer using short and wide trowels since they do not put excessive stress on wrists.
A chisel is used to cut bricks into specific sizes. Chisel width ranges from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches.
A masonry hammer has a square face on one end for breaking; it has a sharp edge on the other for cutting. They are used to split hard bricks.
A jointer is used to make mortar joints. There are three types of jointer shapes: flat, pointed and rounded.
Squares are used when constructing and measuring right angles and for corner layouts. They are usually made of metal for durability.
A mason’s level is used when establishing vertical or plumb lines and horizontal or level lines. They are typically made of wood, metal, or a combination of both. They come equipped with either single or double vials. The latter is preferred by more masons since they can be used for both horizontal and vertical measurements.
Straightedges act as extensors to mason’s levels: they are used when levels are shorter than the area that needs to be measured or assessed. The middle section of the top of the straightedge must be horizontally parallel to the bottom section. Widths of these tools range from 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches; they can be as long as 16 feet.
Masonry tools are as important as the skill of a mason. They are widely available in hardware stores and supply outlets. Due to the nature and scope of masonry work, they are built with durable materials to withstand heavy use.