HOW TO CHOOSE A BRICKLAYING TROWEL - If you are thinking about building a wall then there is one tool you cannot do without – a bricklayers trowel. If you have never bought one before this can be a little confusing. Contrary to belief there are a number of types you can buy and with a range of sizes. In this guide we provide useful information that will help you with your choice.
Visit your local DIY store and check out the trowels available. Most DIY stores will have a good selection to choose from.
Look for a trowel that is forged from one piece of steel. These are generally more expensive but will last a lot longer. Cheaper versions, most often, have a weld joint between the blade and the handle. Over time the weld splits and this will mean having to buy a new trowel.
Check for the weight of a trowel. It’s important that it feels comfortable in the hand and is not overly heavy. Remember that when you are bricklaying you’ll constantly have the trowel in your hand and if the trowel is too heavy it will put undue strain on your wrist.
Note the angle of the trowel blade. If the angle is too shallow or steep this can also cause a lot of strain on your wrist.
Think about the size of the trowel blade. If you are planning on laying a lot of concrete blocks then a larger blade is better. For normal brickwork then a medium size blade works better.
It’s all about preference – size, weight, it’s intended purpose and budget. If in doubt ask the staff at your local DIY Store.
If this is your first trowel then it best if you go for a cheap one first. If you like it then spend the money on a really good quality brick trowel of the same type, weight and shape. i-brick.com