What are Brick Hammers?
Brick hammers are an essential tool for a mason’s kit. They are the most effective tool when it comes to fulfilling a range of duties on the worksite.
Brick hammers are the perfect tool for a variety of hardscaping projects. They are one of the most commonly used tools by professional brickies and can be used for breaking small pieces off rocks or splitting bricks. They are made up of a handle and a double-sided head.
The handle usually has a comfortable grip made for absorbing the shock that comes from hitting hard objects such as bricks or stones. The two sides of the hammer differ one another as they have different purposes:
- one side is shaped like a hammer, but is square as opposed to the standard circular look of a hammer head.
- the other takes on a chisel appearance.
The Alternative Use for the Brick Hammer
While the “mason’s” brick hammer is made for the clean breaking of bricks or knocking off old mortar from bricks. It is also used for smashing through concrete, rocks, splitting pavers, scraping dried cement and driving stakes. So despite being called a brick hammer it can be can be used across the whole job site.
You can use the blunt, square, hammer-like side of the brick hammer for jobs such as landscaping stone, concrete, blocks and smashing bigger pieces of brick. It can even be used to hammer in nails.
Use the finer, thinner, chisel-like side of the hammer for more delicate tasks, like taking a small chip off stone without the risk of smashing the whole piece.
Stonemason’s use a variety of tools with their brick hammer. These are used to handle and shape the stone slavs and blocks into completed materials. The basic tools that stonemason’s use with their hammer includes mallets, a metal straight edge, and chisels. Using these tools a stonemason can create a flat surface – the foundation of all stonemasonry.
Chisels come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, depended on what you need them for. There are varying chisels for different materials and sizes of the material being shaped. And chisels for taking away large portions of material and for putting a smooth and fine finish on the stone being worked.
Stonemasons use walling hammers, otherwise known as catchy hammers, to be put in place of a chisel and hammer or pincher to create pinnings, rubble or snecks.
Canberra Diamond Blade have the full kit for stonemasons. From brick hammers to chisels, cutting blades and trowels, we have everything you need to ensure a clean finish on your stone. If you need any assistance in finding what you need, we are happy to help. Just give us a call on 02 6242 8996 and our team will assist you with your enquiries.