How to Bolt Things to a Brick Wall

Close-up view of an object firmly bolted into place with a concrete anchor.
Close-up view of an object firmly bolted into place with a concrete anchor. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

To attach an object to a brick wall so that it remains permanently in place, you typically have to bolt the object securely to the wall. This means providing a solid anchor within that brick surface for the bolts that you need. Concrete sleeve anchors allow you to anchor the bolts solidly in place. With a hammer drill, you can create pilot holes in the wall into which you can slide the bolt anchors. Once placed, these anchors provide the stability you need to mount an object securely to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Chalk
  • Hammer drill
  • Carbide drill bit
  • Shop vac
  • Concrete sleeve anchor
  • Hammer
  • Adjustable wrench

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Place the object that you need to bolt to the wall against the wall in the desired positioning. Locate all of the mounting moles that you’ll use to bolt the object in place. While holding the object to the wall, mark the locations of each hole onto the brick with a piece of chalk. Lower the object to the ground.

Attach a carbide drill bit capable of creating a hole of the same diameter as the concrete sleeve anchor that you’re using to bolt the object to the brick wall onto a hammer drill.

Place the bit against the brick where you marked the wall with the chalk. Turn on the drill and apply a moderate amount of pressure on the drill to place a pilot hole into the brick at least as deep as the concrete sleeve anchor.

Remove the drill bit from the brick hole after reaching the desired depth. Clean out the hole with a shop vac to remove any brick residue. Repeat the pilot hole placement at each of the chalked locations.

Place the concrete sleeve anchor tips into the drilled pilot holes. Use a hammer to drive the anchors into the holes until the heads of the anchors sit against the surface of the brick.

Remove the nuts from the threaded ends of the bolts by turning them counterclockwise. Mount the object that you intend to hang onto the bolts then replace the nuts, tightening them by hand.

Secure the object in place by tightening the nuts further using an adjustable wrench.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear work gloves, safety goggles, a face mask and ear protectors when drilling into the brick wall to protect yourself from injury.


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