Welcome, aspiring do-it-yourselfer! You are at the beginning of one of the most useful and satisfying ventures imaginable, that of learning how to fix up your home all by yourself. Of course, many jobs will be beyond you, needing a team of experts, but most of the less than extreme home-based issues can be fixed by your hands, if they are holding the right tools!
It is important to know just what you need for the right job, for example, knowing the right types of trowels in tiling. Whether you are attempting to construct a wall using concrete blocks, making a beautiful garden fence, or would like to pave the sidewalk outside of your home, having the right tools is as important as having the right knowhow.
The Trowel – A Tool that has, and always will be Relevant
There are – as opposed to what some may believe – a variety of different sized trowels, for different uses. You should always get a trowel that has been made out of forged steel in order to ensure its durability.
As for handles, any good quality wood or plastic will suffice. The blades come in different lengths, which will differ from 9 to 12 inches, to shorter lengths measuring in around 4 to 7 inches.
The bigger trowels are used for things like the spreading of mortar. The smaller variety will be essential for getting into tight joints in between mortar joints in order to remove excess mortar through scraping.
You basically want to find a small group of trowels that you can handle comfortably and efficiently. While you obviously need the basic measurements for various jobs, tools need to match their worker’s bodily needs, so a trowel should feel healthy in your hands.
Remember that a trowel will only take you so far in terms of mortar joints, and you will indeed require another tool in order to complete mortar joints. The two most widely used kinds of trowels are the London and Philadelphia.
How to Hold the Trowel
As with any tool, actually knowing how to hold a trowel is essential to ensure that you are doing the job right, and that you are not opening up yourself to injury. Yes, even something as harmless-looking as a trowel can lead to injuries.
You need to grip the handle with all four of your fingers, placing your thumb on top of the metal band which is called the ferrule located on the handle. This is the most popular gripping method.
How to Load the Trowel
Some people enjoy filling a trowel by beginning at the top of the mortar and slicing sections off. Other will begin by loading the trowel with mortar from the front side, while other prefer taking on the sides of the mortar.
It all really depends on how comfortable you are, and as mentioned above, each body will be happier with its own appropriate approach and happy application.