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Bricklayers work in various aspects of building and construction. Bricklaying and masonry work are major parts of industrial, commercial, and residential construction. Bricklayers also build walls, partitions, chimneys, and other structural forms from brick, block, or other masonry materials using mortar for bonding. The primary tools of the trade are trowels, chisels, joiners, block hammers and power saws.

Much of a bricklayer's work is done outdoors and generally depends upon suitable weather conditions. Bricklaying is a trade involving a lot of stooping and lifting. Bricklayers need to be able to work well at different heights.

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