drilling scew in brick

olgam89October 26, 2006

Hi, stupid question probably, but I have an exposed brick wall and would like to place a screw in it to hang a picture, can I just drill on it or will the make it crumble. Also the wall is covering in some weird dust, how do I get that off?

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You can drill in it, but you should use a masonry bit, not a regular one. I would drill into the mortar rather than the brick face so it won't be as obvious if you take the picture down. You can get a box of concrete screws, with the proper drill bit included, at Home Depot for $6-$7. If you use another kind of screw, it could loosen up over time, or you would need to drill an oversize hole that would be big enough for a concrete anchor plug that you could screw into.

As for the dust, unless it's loose and can be vacuumed, it's probably old mortar stain and would be a nightmare to clean and you would have to use a particular acid. I'd live with it or paint the brick if it's so spotty it bothers you.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2006 at 2:00PM
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Thanks for the advice. I'll give that tool bit a try.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2006 at 4:53PM
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The screws that HD sells are called Tapcon. They are designed for masonry and do come with a bit. Take your time drilling. Go all the way into the mortar. Like kudzu said dont go into the brick. It is too hard, takes forever AND it might crack.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 8:06PM
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    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 7:19AM
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Tapcons are designed to go into the masonry not the mortar. If all you want to do is hang a picture, use a plastic anchor and screw inserted into a hole drilled (proper sized masonry bit)in the mortar.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 10:00AM
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Plastic anchors are evil. Use RAMSET or similar. Anything but those plastic things.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 2:52PM
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I use lead anchors and find they work very well.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 6:38PM
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For a load like a picture a plastic anchor and a wood screw are all you need.
They are easily removed and the hole in the mortar repaired if you ever need to.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 7:47PM
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