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We had an ill-timed incident of a car driving into our wall last year and then it drove off without leaving any details. The large 4 x 4 made dust of our Yorkshire stone wall that went around the perimeter of our garden. The police couldn't help so we phoned our insurance company. My boyfriend had taken out the policy and unfortunately agreed to a £200.00 excess. We weighed up the damage and decided to rebuild it ourselves. My boyfriend is fairly handy around the house and I don't mind giving something a go. We bought a trowel, a 10 Kg bag of ready mix mortar and a new bucket and attempted to rebuild it. Luckily the car had knocked the wall straight down and only a few bricks were broken. It was mostly a task of rebuilding the wall. As it was Yorkshire stone with uneven odd shaped bricks there was no requirement to get it perfect which is good because it certainly is not perfect!
==Price and availability==
The trowel cost £29.00 from Wicks. The cost of trowel + £7.99 for the mortar + £3.99 for the bucket sounds much more attractive than paying the insurance excess!
The trowel can be used for cement or plaster. It has a 14 inch blade made out of highest grade spring stainless steel which has been tempered and shaped to provide the best possible smoothing surface for cement. It has a aluminum mounting that is attached to the steel blade with hardened steel rivets. The handle is made from a soft rubber coating that is much easier to hold than the wooden one. You can tell that the trowel is good quality because of the way the two sections are joined. The rivets are a much better way of joining both sections. You could have just welded the sections together but the rivets will allow the tool to come under stronger force without breaking and make the tool last longer.
==Using the trowel==
Despite having the tools for the job, it is much harder than it looks and cement was getting dolloped everywhere until I got the hang of it. We rebuilt the wall which is good and it didn't look bad at all. It was quite a rough and ready wall anyway with the mortar holding the bricks in place rather than keeping the wall straight and neat looking.
I would have preferred a smaller trowel for this job as I found it just a bit too long. I think the best thing to have is an arsenal of different shaped trowels so you can swap and change. The trowel blade was sharp which a big advantage was and the corners were perfect sharpened so you could smooth out and neaten the mortar once you had spread it. The handle was comfortable to hold, the coating made the trowel easier to use and maneuver, although at the end of using it, it was covered in cement too. I'm glad we bought the trowel as we couldn't have done the job without it.
Marshalltown Finishing Trowels, whether for concrete or plaster, are crafted from the highest quality materials using the best design standards, blades are cross-ground to hold their shape / The aluminium alloy mountings are fully heat treated for strength, they are polished and machine-finished to ensure a perfect handle-to-post-fit.The exclusive Diamond Shank fits exactly into the square hole of the bass wood handle to eliminate turn / Hardened steel rivets properly sized and computer fitted fo