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Masonry is a building system, mostly structural, with a long tradition, which consists of overlapping materials for the construction of walls, floors, decorations and more. Materials such as stones, concrete sheets or precast concrete block, bricks and regular or non-regular rocks can be used. That’s why we want to show you the masonry tools we often use at our job.
Landscaping elements allow you to transcend the interior walls of the home. This allows you to step out into a natural, green space to get fresh air.
The tranquility of a living landscape comes from the unique balance and careful blending of hardscapes with the natural surroundings.
Having the right tools in your landscaping business is important to keep your job site running efficiently, safely and smoothly. Tools are what we like to invest in the most, for our business and our employees.
Brick and stone laying requires a different set of tools than most jobs. Masons have tools that are the same but kinda different at the same time.
We’ve put together a list of 10 tools you’ll need to become a mason.
A stonemason’s hammer, also known as a brick hammer, has one flat traditional face and a short or long chisel-shaped blade. It can thus be used to chip off edges or small pieces of stone.
The chisel blade can also be used to rapidly cut bricks or cinder blocks.
Numerous forms of trowels are used in masonry, concrete, and drywall construction, as well as applying adhesives such as those used in tiling and laying synthetic flooring.
Masonry trowels are traditionally made of forged carbon steel, but some newer versions are made of cast stainless steel.
A circular saw is a power-saw using a toothed or abrasive disc or blade to cut different materials using a rotary motion spinning around an arbor. A circular saw is a tool for cutting many materials such as wood, masonry, plastic, or metal and may be hand-held or mounted to a machine.
Circular saws are commonly powered by electricity, but may be powered by a gasoline engine or a hydraulic motor which allows it to be fastened to heavy equipment, eliminating the need for a separate energy source.
Bricklayers have a vast array of tools to choose from. But the one that is most widely used, and almost always on hand, is the level.
A good, reliable level will guarantee that every phase of the structure is plumb, level and structurally sound.
Tape measures are often designed for specific uses or trades. Tapes may have different scales, be made of different materials, and be of different lengths depending on the intended use.
Measuring tapes designed for carpentry or construction typically use a stiff, curved metallic ribbon that can remain stiff and straight when extended, but retracts into a coil for convenient storage.
A mason’s string, also called mason’s twine, is used to create straight lines and a level surface. It is necessary when setting posts, patios, footings and more.
A mason’s string is necessary when doing these projects because you won’t have to pick up the level as many times.
The other great aspect of this string is that it does not sag like regular string.
A concrete mixer is a device that homogeneously combines cement, aggregate such as sand or gravel, and water to form concrete. A typical concrete mixer uses a revolving drum to mix the components.
For smaller volume works, portable concrete mixers are often used. Therefore, the concrete can be made at the construction site. This gives the workers ample time to use the concrete before it hardens
In masonry, mortar joints are the spaces between bricks, concrete blocks, or glass blocks, that are filled with mortar or grout.
If the surface of the masonry remains unplastered, the joints contribute significantly to the appearance of the masonry.
Mortar joints can be made in a series of different fashions, but the most common ones are raked, grapevine, extruded, concave, V, and struck.
A square is a tool used for marking and referencing a 90° angle. But, mitre squares are used for 45° angles.
Squares see common use in woodworking, metalworking, construction and technical drawing.
It is used at the corner of two perpendicular walls to make sure the bricks are set at an exact 90° angle.
A chisel is a tool with a characteristically shaped cutting edge (such that wood chisels have lent part of their name to a particular grind) of blade on its end, for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood, stone, or metal by hand, struck with a mallet, or mechanical power.
Masonry chisels are typically heavy, with a relatively dull head that wedges and breaks, rather than cuts. Often used as a demolition tool, they may be mounted on a hammer drill, jackhammer, or hammered manually. And usually with a heavy hammer of three pounds or more.
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