Bricklaying tools are often used for other aspects of masonry work. The wide range of tools can be grouped into a few basic categories: trowels, string lines, joint tools and hammers.
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A string line is an essential bricklaying tool; it enables bricks to be laid level and straight. Usually they are held in place with line pins or line blocks. The flat-bladed steel pins are pushed into drying mortar joints at opposite ends of the wall. The string is then tied between the pins to form a guide line.
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