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Choose the right... Builders' trowel

Choose the right... Builders' trowel

Brick trowel

Brick trowel

  • Tapered blade allows cement to slide easily off blade
  • Forged blades and handles for added strength

Ideal for: spreading mortar on bricks.

Pointing trowel

Pointing trowel

  • Gives a neat and tidy finish on new brickwork

Ideal for: re-pointing existing and intricate brickwork.

Brick jointer

Brick jointer

  • Designed to give professional finishes to joints between bricks
  • Curved or V shaped

Ideal for: newly layed brickwork.

Plasterer's trowel

Plasterer's trowel

  • Gives a smooth finish to all plaster
  • With carbon or stainless steel blades

Ideal for: skimming and finishing top coat of plaster on walls and ceilings.

Cement trowel

Cement trowel

  • A thicker, more narrow blade to minimise drag
  • Gvies a smooth finish to cement and concrete

Ideal for: applying cement and concrete floors.

Tiling/mastic trowel

Tiling/mastic trowel

  • Serrations are square U or V shaped
  • Narrow serrations for smaller/wall tiles wider serrations for larger/floor tiles

Ideal for: solid bed fixing of most ceramic; marble and natural stone tiles.

Look out for... Stainless steel blades

  • High quality blade, resistant to rust
  • Give a high quality finish, retain a better edge and last longer

Look out for... Carbon steel blades

  • Robust general purpose blades, subject to rust over time