Howarth Timber & Building Supplies offer a range of trowels that are useful for a variety of building work tasks.
The most common type of Trowel used in building work is sometimes referred to as a Masonry Trowel, which is a hand tool that is designed to be used for the application of mortar, cement and plaster. They can also be used to break and shape bricks.
Bucket Trowel’s are larger than other trowel’s, with a flat surface that is used to pick up plaster, cement or mortar from wherever it has been mixed. Some people use one of these in place of a Hawk , for convenience as it can also be used to mix up smaller quantities of product.
Tuck Pointing Trowel’s are longer than typical ones, and slimmer. These are designed to neatly pack mortar between bricks.
A Float Trowel – also known as a Finishing Trowel – are used to level any area of cement before it has had chance to harden, in order to give a smooth finish.
Gauging Trowel’s are great for measuring, blending and the application of smaller quantities of cement, which is ideal for small areas or detailing.
Traditionally Trowel’s have been made from Carbon Steel, however these days they are more likely to be made from Stainless Steel, as it is more durable and resistant to rust. They typically have either a wooden or soft grip handle.
A Raker is a hand tool that has wheels and a nail that runs along the joint of brickwork, and is used to remove unwanted mortar from between brickwork. For example, if the mortar has begun to crumble and needs replacing. Some Rakers can be adjusted to be able to reach different depths. The idea is to remove the mortar without damaging the wall.
A Jointer – sometimes referred to as a Brick Jointer or a Mortar Finishing Tool – is a metal hand tool that is used to finish a joint between bricks, before the mortar has dried completely. It does this by imprinting grooves into it.
The tool is typically double-ended, with each end featuring different sized jointers to suit varying needs.