I wondered about that fat binder... It looked awkward. I'm not much of a brick layer, but I would think if you need to bash the bricks down constantly with your level, you might need to work on technique a bit more.No I cant stand that cushion thing. I use my level for a straight edge quite a bit, I bend the 2" lip on my lead with it, for example.
But yeah, its a million times better then the wood level, and a bajillion times better with the top mount bubble for chimney work.
I grabbed a goldblatt 11.5" for $5 at a surplus place. I chopped off the top third and made a nice bucket trowel. No way I would do that to a Rose.
I use em for starting herringbone fireboxes.One thing I hate is when a level has that stupid 45* bubble. Has anyone ever used that ever? I mostly hate it because if I go to use it for checking plumb I always seem to flip that end up, then have to reverse it. Stupid.
I will only buy a level that has the level bubble visible from the top. When I'm laying manufactured stone I level each stone, and most of the work is below eye level
Any shoe makers tapping on brick laid to a line need to return to cobbling... /QUOTE]
While tapping brick to the line may be viewed by some to be a waste of time,reducing production by a couple of square feet a day,that loss of a few brick a day is well worth the trade off of the huge increase in tensile bond strength between brick and mortar.
As this excerpt shows,tapping increases bond strength 50-100% over hand pressure alone. Instead of frowning on it on my job sites,I encourage it,it is music to my ears,the more tapping within reason the better the finished wall.