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Block-Laying Basics

Troweling Tips

A

B

D

C

E

Figure 2. To efficiently spread bed-joint mortar, the author brings his loaded trowel to the footing, gives the trowel a little downward motion, then stops abruptly (A). Next he quickly rotates his wrist while pulling the trowel back, leaving a uniform line of mortar (B). When buttering bricks or blocks, he picks up about half a trowelful of mor- tar (C), then gives it a good hard shake by thrusting it down and pulling it back up sharply. This flattens the mor- tar against the trowel (D) so that it will stay put when the trowel is turned over (E).

NOVEMBER 2006 I JLC I 5

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