How to Hang on a Brick Wall

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Hanging items on a brick wall is somewhat more complicated than other types of walls. Brick cannot be simply nailed into, nor can it be screwed. Instead you must first drill a hole using a masonry bit, then use an anchor to secure a screw or bolt to the wall. Anchors come in different sizes, materials and weight allowances; and are available individually or in bulk at your local hardware store.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Anchor and screw/bolt
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Screwdriver or wrench

Lightweight Items

  • Drill a hole into the brick using a masonry bit. The diameter of the hole will depend on the anchor that you are using. Consult the anchor packaging for the drill bit size that you should use.

  • Slide a plastic anchor into the hole. If needed, tap the anchor in place with a hammer.

  • Insert the included screw into the anchor and tighten it. As you screw, the anchor will expand and grip the sides of the hole.

  • Stop screwing when 1/4-inch of the screw remains. Hang lightweight items such as picture frames on the screw.

Heavy Items

  • Drill a hole in the brick using a masonry bit. If you are hanging a large object such as shelves or a large mirror, you may have to drill multiple holes.

  • Thread a sleeve anchor through any existing hole in the object you are hanging (such as a shelving bracket), then insert it into the drilled hole.

    You may have to drill a hole in the object that you are hanging if it does not already have one.

  • Turn the sleeve anchor's screw or bolt clockwise to widen the end, securing it tightly in the drilled hole.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful to select an anchor that can support the weight of the item that you are hanging. This information is provided on the anchor packaging.
  • If necessary, you can use multiple anchors. For example, a 50-pound mirror can use a single 50-pound anchor, or two 25-pound anchors spaced several inches apart.

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References

  • "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual"; Reader's Digest; 2005
  • "Home Improvement 1-2-3"; Home Depot; 1995
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
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