How to Affix a Sign to a Brick Wall


The hardness of brick complicates the installation of a sign on a brick wall. Attempting to use fasteners designed for wood or metal walls on a masonry, or brick, wall will cause the end of the fastener to heat up and dull before it makes an indentation on the material. Fasteners designed for masonry --- including brick --- use a special tip designed to drill into hard materials combined with hardened alloys to secure materials to a masonry wall. One fastener in particular uses a similar installation to a self-tapping sheet metal screw.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpenter's pencil
  • 4-foot level
  • Paint marker
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Masonry screws
  • Drill motor
  • Sealant
  • Eye protection
  • Place a horizontal carpenter's pencil mark at the required bottom height of the sign. Place a vertical carpenter's pencil mark for one of the sign's sides. Align the top edge of a 4-foot level with the horizontal pencil mark. Adjust the level until it shows horizontally level. Pull the pencil across the top of the level. Repeat the process to draw a vertical plumb line at the second pencil mark.

  • Hold the sign against the face of the brick wall. Align the bottom and side of the sign with the horizontal and vertical lines. Push the pencil into each sign-mounting hole to mark its location on the surface of the wall. Remove the sign.

  • Install a masonry drill bit in the chuck of a drill motor. Drill a hole at each pencil-marked location to the depth specified by the masonry screw installation instructions. Exchange the masonry drill bit for the tip adapter, which should have been supplied with the masonry screws.

  • Hold the sign in place with the screw holes aligned with the holes drilled in the brick wall.

  • Run one masonry screw through each sign mounting hole. Make sure each screw sits tight to hold the sign securely to the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fill the drilled holes with sealant before you install the screws to keep water from entering the wall.
  • Wear eye protection when drilling holes in a brick wall.
  • Practice ladder safety if the sign sits higher than you can reach from the ground.

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