What Plastering Tools do you need to do the job? Read it here!

Plaster has been used since 7,500 BC in various forms – lime based, clay based and gypsum. It is one of the most ancient building techniques. In modern Australian building methods, plaster boards are used widely as interior walls creating the floorplan and a solid foundation and/ or canvas to decorate. Plasterers worth their salt can seamlessly connect Plaster Board to create walls – hiding joins to the naked eye. Even more impressive is decorative features such as Cornices, Ceiling Roses, Columns, Arches, Domes and Vaulted Ceilings to name a few.

Plastering methods have not changed for some time, however the tools used are continually refined to enable the current generation of craftsmen to ply their trade efficiently and effectively.

Decorative Plastering can be very elaborate and a work of art

Here are a bunch of tools that Plasterers use on a daily basis. This is by no means an exhaustive list but merely to give you a taste:

Bucket Trowel:


A bucket trowel is a square-shaped tapered blade tool that is used to remove excess mortar from the borders of a bucket. It is also used for buttering bricks and leveling the mortar. They are available in a variety of blade sizes and thickness.

External Corner Trowel: it is used to plaster the corners and edges of a surface or a bucket.

Internal Corner Trowel: this type of trowel is used for feathering the uneven corner of the inner side. 

Float:

A Float is a flat and smooth piece of wood or any metal attached to a strong handle for making a firm grip while using it. A float is used to remove all the excess plaster from a wall and for making it even from every side. Floats come in a number of variations such as;

Support Prop:


A support prop is used to hold the plasterboard in its position without any other support during the process of attaching to the ceilings. It provides extra support in other work of construction as well.

Jointing or Taping Knife:

A jointing or taping knife is used on drywall it consists of a broad blade for applying joint compound “mud”. This tool contains a handle for making it easy to use. It is available in a variety of blade sizes.

Plasterer’s Hawk:

A plasterer’s hawk is used to hold the excess plaster or mortar during the process of plastering. It helps in saving time as you don’t have to go and get the mixture every time. It is available in different sizes.

Small tool:

A small tool is a pointed long scale that is used for cementing during the brickwork. It consists of a trowel on one end and a square profile on the other end for making a strong grip while using. It is in transferring mortar and other types of mixtures that are used in construction.

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An Uber Quick Guide on Tiling Tools by OZ General Store

Tiling can be a thing of beauty. Durable, hardy with endless combinations – the right design, colour and textured tile can add thousands of dollars of value to a home. For the DIYer, tiling looks deceiving simple. After all, it is a little bit of adhesive with something you stick down right? Well, perhaps at face value it is but expert tilers are in constant high demand for their precision and experience. Want to give it a red hot go? Read this guide to learn the basic tools a tiler uses.

Beautiful Mosaic tiling at a Victorian Style House in Melbourne. Think you can do this?

Following are the tools used by tilers in the trade;

Grout Applicator, Spreader & Remover:

A grout applicator is the main tool used for installing tiles properly in a way to prevent moisture under the tiles. The grout is made with sand and it fills up to keep the tiles free of seams. A spreader is used to spread all the grout evenly and equally on the area whereas a grout remover is used to remove access grout from the tile or surface.

Notched Adhesive Spreader & Multiple Notches Spreader:

A notched adhesive spreader is used to fix ceramic tiles, vinyl tiles and carpets with adhesive mixtures. Notched Adhesive Spreader contains a pointed notched on one end whereas a multiple notches spreader contains notches on every side.

Tiling Sponge:

It is a broad sponge that is used for washing and cleaning tiles and boards. It is used to remove the access grout and for cleaning access residue from the tiles.

Tile Spacers:

You cannot install tiles without the help of a tile spacer. They are used to create a specific and equal distance between the tiles. Tile spacers are available in T, cross, and wedged shape.

Tile Cutters & Borer Tile Adjuster:

Tile cutters are long knife-shaped tools that are used to cut the tiles either manually or by powering them through electricity. There are various types of tile cutters such as Plier tile cutter, scoring cutter, circular tile cutter, whole tile cutter, mechanical tile cutter, hand Tile cutter. The spare parts of the tile cutter such as blades or grips are also available for enhancing the performance of the tool. A borer tile adjuster serves the same purpose but it can only cut small diameter circular holes.

Scraper stiff blade & scraper flexible:

It is a flat spoon-shaped spatula tool that is used to remove or scrape out the excess paste or mixtures used in the construction. It is also available in the flexible body to apply joint fillers, patching, trimming wallpapers and for other scrapping jobs.

Notched float:

A notched or a grout float is used to apply thin mortar or any kind of adhesive mixture on a surface mostly on wooden material. It is a thin notched corners rectangular blade attached to a handle.

Glass cutter metal & plastic body:

Glass cutters are pen-shaped thin but sharp tools that are used to give a customized shape to glassware. It comes with a metal and a plastic body for a strong grip.

Flooring scraper:

Floor scrapers are used to make sure that the surface is even from all sides and gives a smooth texture. It can also be used to remove the excess adhesive material from the surface.

Contour gauge:

A contour gauge is a tool used for measuring different cross-sectional shapes of the surface. It contains pins of plastic or steel set opposite to each other in a single frame. The frame keeps the pins firm on their position for better measurement.

Caulking gun:

A caulking gun is used to fill in the gap that usually occurs due to small cracks around bathtubs, doors or windows. It is a gun-shaped tool and comes handy for filling out small cracks to make it smooth.

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You can now also order tools of your preferred brand online without wasting any time or getting into the trouble of traveling and wasting a lot of time. In this way, you can also search and discover new tools that can make your work more convenient and efficient. Call us on (03) 9791 7033.

The Best Bricklayer’s Tools for DIY and Trade

Read this guide and learn the Brickie’s tools of trade

The Aussie dream. The belief that Home Ownership can lead to a better life showcasing success and security. Drive around any suburb and you will see that Bricks are an essential building material. Most bricklayers get paid per brick laid creating a competitive environment to be quick, efficient and good. To be a successful builder it is a given that ordering quality materials is top priority. Also at the top of the pecking order is working with quality tradespeople. And what do quality tradespeople have besides top notch skills?

They have top quality Bricklaying Tools.

It’s true, Aussies love bricks

For somebody paying a builder to build their dream house it is often the biggest purchase of their life therefore it is important to use the best and reliable construction materials and tools.

There is a long list of tools that are used in the construction. Let’s focuse specifically on Brick Working Tools. Here we go:

Brick Carrier:

A brick carrier is a strong metal frame with a grip for handling it. It is used for carrying bricks and blocks by adjusting the size according to the size and shape of the brick. There are various types of brick carrier depending upon their jaw capacity and capability of carrying bricks.

Brick Bolster:

A brick bolster is solid forged with a safety grip designed to cut bricks and stones. It’s used for making a brick smooth and the exactly of a shape required. Bolsters may vary due to different types of blades used according to their size.

Brick Jointer:

A brick jointer is a smooth mortar joint in a concave shape that is used to retain the moisture from penetrating. It is also used for the finishing of mortar joints in Brick and Block. They differ in sizes and types due to variation in blades.

Brick Trowel:

A flat triangular-shaped trowel that is used for applying mortar or cement. They are available in a variety of blade sizes and thickness.

Brick Line Strand:

A brick line strand is a type of thread that is used to make prominent layouts for building purpose. They are also used for making reference lines while laying bricks and to keep them plumbed and level. They are available in different colours including pink.

Gauging Trowel:

A gauging tool is a multipurpose equipment that is used for applying mortar on bricks. They are available in a variety of blade sizes and thickness.

Dutch Pin Round:

A tool that is used for keeping up a profile pole with a wall without any base support. They are mostly used in plaster and building trades to hold the timber battens, aluminum feather edges and metal pieces in position temporarily.

Chalk Line Reel:

A chalk box is a construction tool used for making straight lines on a flat base. It is for securing lines by using the load of the line reel as a vertical line.

Chisel:

A chisel is an equipment with a blade on its end for carving or cutting an extremely hard material such as brick, wood, stone, slots in keyways and any kind of metal. They come in different diameters, blades, and length.

There are further types and categories of these tools depending upon the nature of work as with anything but we hope this guide has brought you up to speed!

Selecting the right brick working tools before purchasing is very important and that requires visiting websites or going to different shops. However, you don’t need to do this hassle anymore as now we are here to make it easy and feasible for you. Visit our Brickworking Tools section and check out our range.

Garden Trowels are your best friend – here’s why

Handy Garden Trowel with measurements engraved on the blade

First of all – let’s clear the air. There are two types of Trowels; Masonry trowels are used for spreading and applying mortar. Gardening Trowels can be used to dig holes to plant your favourite conifers, dig up weeds, scoop up soil and much more. Now that there is no confusion, let’s talk about about why Garden Trowels are your best friend in the garden.

Look how happy this person is with their Garden Trowel.

To put simply, Garden Trowels are your best friend because they are essentially an extension of your arm and come in a wide variety of shapes with different types of blades. Not only that, buying a quality Garden Trowel will last you many years and will outlast your gloves and pruners. The most important part of a Garden Trowel is the blade. You want a quality blade as it will be doing all of the hard work as soil can be quite abrasive. A Garden Trowel usually have plastic, wooden or rubber coated metal handles. The actual shovel part of a Garden Trowel can be made of different types of metal.

How to use Gardening Trowels

Gardening trowels are great tools that can be used in a wide range of manners. They are absolutely perfect for digging up soil to plant different types of seeds or saplings. They are well-suited to removing weeds from your garden and are perfect for the job. Using a blade with a narrow edge can help to dig out smaller weeds very precisely. Using a flat bladed trowel can work much better if you have weeds that have longer roots. If you are wondering where to use different types of trowels, here is a great list:

Types of trowels

· Traditional blade: These the commonest type of trowels and can be used to plant flowers, break soil and dig up holes.

· Transplanting blade: These are used to move plants, bulbs and saplings.

· A Dixter blade: These are perfect for digging weeds with longer roots, sowing seeds and planting foliage.

· Ladle blade: These are perfect for digging round and clean holes for planting bulbs and annuals.

· Potting blade: These are perfect for planting in pots as they fit them easily.

· Digging blade: These are amazing for removing small stones and cutting items.

· Tulip blade: These help plant flowers in clay.

· Weeding blade: These can help dig up weeds to be pulled up by the root.

· Tissot blade: These can help transplant plants and dig up clay and other hard soils.

· Planting blade: These are ideal for planting in harder soil and perfect for smaller spaces like flower baskets.

Planting blade: These are ideal for planting in harder soil and perfect for smaller spaces like flower baskets.

Even buying a quality Garden Trowel can be inexpensive. Check out our range of Garden Trowels.

The Shovel is the Number One Garden Tool you should have. But which type should you buy?

You’ve just moved into your new place and you’ve decided that you want to start putting some time in your garden. You walk into your local hardware store and you are greeted by a huge variety of Shovels. Which one does what and is right for you!? Before you start down the rabbithole, check out this handy guide to bring you up to speed quick smart with what Shovel may be right for you.

Better get cracking before you invite your mates over

Many people amass a collection of tools over their life and when you are starting out picking the correct tools is crucial. You may also want to consider how frequently you will be using the tools which will cause you to think about the quality that you are after. Cheap tools can have a shorter life span but can still get the job done if used infrequently. Hardware stores will also tell you to purchase quality tools which can be expensive but in reality, some tools just don’t get used that often.

Brian the ‘tool junkie’ with his $100K toolbox. Could this be you one day?

One thing that is important for a job is efficiency. This means using the right tool for the job. In this context it means using the correct shovel if you want to shift dirt, dig holes, dig trenches, remove weeds etc. Your time is valuable and picking the right shovel (or tool for that matter!) can make your life a lot easier. It can help you work more efficiently and prevent common gardening injuries. Shovels come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Knowing what each shovel is used for can really help in navigating the available range. With this comprehensive list, you can always find what type of shovel to use for your particular need.

Avoid the pain by using the correct tool for the job therefore maximising efficiency and minimising ‘work time’

Parts of a shovel

It can be helpful to understand what the different parts of your shovel are. From the top to the bottom. At the top is the grip and/or handle, the collar and the blade. The flat part of the blade is known as a step. This part can be stepped on and your body weight can help push the shovel inside the soil. Depending on the kind of shovel you are using, the blade and tip of the shovel are different. Different shovels are used for different purposes.

Types of shovels and their uses

  • Round-pointed shovel: These are ideal for digging as they have strong blades and a point.
  • Square-pointed shovel: These are ideal for lifting and moving items or leveling soil.
  • Trenching shovel: These are ideal for removing and transplanting individual plants without disturbing nearby plants.
  • Drain shovel: These are perfect for digging holes for transplanting shrubs, flowers and clearing trenches.
  • Scoop shovel: These are ideal for shoveling snow, grain and landscaping material like mulch.
  • Post Hole shovel: These are ideal for building fences and structures by digging deep holes to put timber/ steel posts in.
  • Garden shovel: These all-rounder tools can be used for transplanting, digging and lifting small objects.

At Oz General Store we have a huge range of Shovels. It’s definately worth a look! Call us on (03) 9791 7033 if you are after more information.

Understanding the Uses of Rakes

Different Types of Rakes Used in Gardening

Whenever people think of the word rake, they immediately think of rakes made of plastic used for raking up leaves. While that is a commonly used type of rake, it is not the only one available. Rakes can be used for a number of different gardening needs. They are very versatile and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Rakes are an incredibly useful tool to have for gardening whether you’re a backyard novice or a gardening guru.

Rakes can be used in the garden to do a number of different tasks such as;

  • Clean-up: Rakes are incredibly helpful for removing leaves, grass clippings, weeds, dead plants and stones from the garden. Different sized rakes can be used for covering large or narrow spaces.     
  • Scarifying your lawns: Rakes can help you remove moss build-up or thatch from your garden to make it look neater, improve lawn health and aerate the soil.          
  • Raking soil: Rakes are perfect for breaking up any clumps of soil, turning it over and removing stones or weeds. They are ideal for removing the unwanted material, plant and sow seeds and levelling soil.           
  • Levelling the soil: They are ideal for leveling the ground for laying turf /seeding grass, building sheds or laying paths.

The Different Kinds of Rakes

Different types of rakes are used for different purposes. These include:

  • Leaf Rakes: Are ideal for removing leaves and any other type of debris without disturbing the soil beneath.
  • Garden Rakes: Ideal for leveling the soil, spreading gravel and moving objects around in the garden.
  • Shrub Rakes: Are ideal for raking up leaves and debris and differ from leaf rakes in width. These are much narrower and fit into small spaces.
  • Hand Rakes: Ideal for doing heavy-duty work, moving soil and digging in smaller areas.
  • Thatch Rake: Ideal for breaking off and taking out any thick thatch in your garden.

Oz General Store has a wide selection of Rakes. Can’t find what you are looking for? Call our friendly team on (03) 9791 7033 or send us an email at sales@ozgeneralstore.com.au

The difference between Anvil and Bypass Secateurs

How To Choose The Perfect Gardening Secateur

Garden Secateurs are some of the best tools one can have in the shed. A number of variables go into picking the ideal pair of secateurs for your needs. They can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes – however, the wide range can often be quite overwhelming. If you are wondering which type of secateurs is right for you, here is a guide to help. The choice largely depends on the kind of job you are doing.

How are Garden Secateurs used?

Garden secateurs are great for trimming. While they are not good for larger branches, they are perfect if you have roses or small flowers. There are two general types of secateurs and can come in different shapes and sizes. It is important to understand the task at hand to know the type of secateurs you need. There are two basic types of garden shears:

  • Bypass: They work like scissors and holds the branch in place while cutting to prevent sliding. They are scissor-like and have curved blades.
  • Anvil: These have sharp blades on the upper side and a flattened lower blade. They cut branches similar to a knife on a cutting board.

Picking the Perfect Gardening Shear for your needs

While picking the right tool depends on personal preferences most professional gardeners choose bypass shears due to it’s effectiveness. In order to make a decision, let’s look at what these do:

  • Bypass: These help in making clean cuts. These are amazing for getting into narrower spaces to help in pruning rosebushes. They are also ideal for cutting individual flowers, soft and tender branches without harming more tender tissues underneath.
  • Anvil: These are more adept at crushing different stems and branches. These are much better suited for cutting out dead and dried-off branches.

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