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Mark’s Favorite Entry Level Masonry Tools | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor how a homeowner can build their own kit of masonry tools to tackle almost any project around their homes.

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Mark McCullough shares his favorite homeowner-friendly masonry tools with Kevin O’Connor and explains how to use them for entry level projects.

Where to find it?
Mark starts off with a measuring tape, mason’s line [] to assist in creating a straight line from one point to another, and a torpedo level []. Next, he includes a brick hammer [] for cutting bricks, multiple chisel [] sizes for different sized masonry joints. Mark recommends a rubber mallet [] for brick walkways laid on sand to secure them in place without damaging the brick. A masonry grout bag [] can be used to easily apply mortar into joints.

For application, Mark suggests using a finishing trowel [] for repairs to concrete patios or walkways. He recommends using a brick trowel [] for step or stone wall repairs. To take out and repair stone joints, Mark recommends a margin trowel []. A jointer/slicker [] is used to fill and smooth masonry joints while also sealing them from any moisture.

For clean up, Mark recommends using a hard bristle brush [] to clean up any dust or debris on the floor. A soft bristle brush [] is recommended for finished brickwork to clean off any imperfections after repairs. He also recommends large grouting sponges [] to clean up any dust or grout pilling on the brickwork.

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