Trades Alive – Why do we use a plugging chisel?


The (fluted) plugging chisel is designed for removing old mortar from brickwork during a process known as “repointing”. The tool is shaped to facilitate this, and the “flute” (grooved part) of the chisel is designed to allow any remains to be removed.

Why do we use a plugging chisel to remove old and deteriorated mortar in historic brick preservation work? Watch the video below to learn more.

Watch the Video

Learn about plugging chisels in masonry work with Dominic DeRubis as part of the Trades Alive video series.

Tools Discussed:

  • Plugging chisel
  • Mash hammer

Related Videos

Are you interested in learning more about the tools of the masonry trades? Check out Dominic’s video on trowels, hammers, and chisels.

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  1. Really excellent points on using the right tools for the job. It may take longer using the smaller pick, but it will not damage the wood. 5/5 advice will use in the future!


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