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A Masonry Contractor’s Tools of the Trade

With the right tools, a masonry contractor knows how to set level, strong and beautiful masonry.

If you are getting masonry work done for the first time, or maybe you’ve considered tackling a small project yourself, you’ve probably wondered how the pros get it done. With the right tools, a masonry contractor knows how to set level, strong, and beautiful masonry. Below is a quick look at what’s in the average masonry toolkit.

The Basics

Every bricklayer will first have a Philadelphia or London-style trowel for scooping and spreading mortar. In addition, they may also have a hammer and chisel, shovels, buckets, and brushes. These are all tools that you could get for yourself at the hardware store if you want to start a DIY project. In the hands of a professional, these basic tools have many functions.


The next most important tools for a brick or stone mason are levels and tape measures. Working with a level surface is one of the critical elements of completing a successful masonry project. If the grade or angle of the stone is off by just a couple inches it could lead to severe structural problems later. A masonry contractor will use a level with every new layer of brick or stone they put down to keep everything even. Tape measures can be just as important, especially for paving walkways and laying patterns, to make sure that everything fits together just right.

Power Tools

A power saw is useful for speeding work along because it can quickly and precisely cut bricks. You have probably noticed on the edge of a brick wall that the pattern stops in a straight line with alternating layers of whole and half bricks. With proper measuring and cutting, a masonry contractor will be able to create that clean edge every time. It should go without saying that safety gear, such as goggles and gloves, are also essential tools when working with dangerous equipment.

Contact Del Prete Masonry Today!

While there are many other materials that we use at Del Prete Masonry, we’re not about to abandon concrete anytime soon. It has proven its worth many times over and we know that we can bring you a solid masonry structure with it. To find out more about your masonry options including concrete masonry, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. Keep up with our blog for masonry related information, and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter.

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