How to Put Screws into a Brick Wall with Lead Anchors


Lead anchors, which are sleeves featuring machined threading centered inside, are commonly used with screw fasteners to secure objects into place. Lead anchors can be made of plastic or metal material and are designed to be used with drywall or masonry walls, floors or ceilings. Use metal lead anchors when drilling into masonry materials such as brick. To insert screws into brick walls, create holes with a hammer drill equipped with a masonry bit. After lead anchors are inserted into the holes, screw fasteners will slide into their centers and cause the anchors to expand.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic measuring and marking tools
  • Lead anchors
  • Masonry bit
  • Hammer drill
  • Bristle pipe cleaning brush
  • Hammer
  • Screw fastener
  • Make marks on the brick wall to indicate where the lead anchors will be installed.

  • Refer to the lead anchor packaging to determine what masonry bit diameter size to use. Insert the appropriate-sized masonry bit into the hammer drill and inspect the tool for any defects.

  • Place the tip of the masonry bit against the wall and slowly start the hammer drill. Drill straight into the wall; allow the bit to penetrate slightly before bringing the hammer drill to full speed.

  • Clean the drilled holes out using a bristle pipe brush that is the same diameter as the hole.

  • Slip the tapered end of the lead anchor into the hole. Tap the back base of the lead anchor with a hammer until it sits flush with the brick wall face.

  • Align the hole of the object that is being secured to the brick wall to the hole at the center of the lead anchor. Insert a screw through the object and into the lead anchor. Tighten the screw with the correct tool.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear protective gear such as safety glasses, hearing protection and a dust mask to prevent injury when using power tools.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/ Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Use Masonry Screws

    Masonry screws are used with anchors when fastening fixtures to concrete or masonry. Masonry screws and anchors work by expanding the anchor...

  • How to Drill Anchors in a Brick Wall

    When mounting heavy items onto brick walls, masonry wall anchors should be used to reinforce the structure of the brick. Anchors can...

  • How to Install Lead Zinc Concrete Anchors

    As a fastener type, few hardware items possess the incredible holding power of zinc-coated lead concrete anchors. These anchors are sometimes referred...

  • How to Fasten Bolts Into Brick

    Using bolts to attach anything to brick takes a little more planning than hanging things on drywall or wood. Brick will often...

  • How to Screw Studs Into a Block Wall

    Masonry fasteners come in all shapes and sizes. Each type of concrete fastener is designed for specific applications, and no single type...

  • How to Insert Concrete Anchors

    Although there are several types of concrete anchors, the most common are wedge anchors and sleeve anchors. Sleeve anchors consist of two...

  • How to Remove Masonry Anchors

    Masonry anchors look similar to bolts or screws and are designed to be inserted into concrete, stone, brick and other hard surfaces...

  • How to Screw a Bolt on a Brick Wall

    When you stand in front of a brick wall, you see thick brick and solid concrete. It may look impossible to screw...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!