I’ve drilled through the brick exterior of the house twice now to hang different stuff, so that makes me an expert right? Screwing anything into brick has always been one of those intimidation projects for me, but with the right drill, it’s really just as easy as drilling into wood or drywall. For this project, I’m going to use the installation of my American flag on the front porch as my example.
Plastic Anchors and Screws
How To Do It:
1.) Mark your holes
Marking holes on brick is not easy. I highly suggest putting a bit of paint on a small brush to mark your spots. I tried to use the baby powder approach (blowing powder through the holes to mark the spots) but it was a huge mess. Don’t go that route! Paint or a paint pen will work just fine.
2.) It’s time to drill!
With your masonry bit and hammer drill, it’s time to drill those holes. Hammer drills work great on brick because they “hammer” and spin at the same time, creating the force you need to get through the extra hard surface. Most all of them come with a depth protector, to keep you from going too far into the brick. That’s what the crazy arm thing is on front. As far as size goes, that will depend on what you’re installing. The bit we used was 1/4″ as that was the size of the plastic anchors that came with the American flag kit. And from a heat perspective, just keep an eye on it. There’s no need to keep water on it while drilling, but if it gets super hot, give it some time to cool down. We just dipped our bit in water once or twice.
3.) Install your plastic anchors.
These are installed like all wall anchors—just hammer them (with a regular, ole hammer) into each hole. If you find they begin to bend under the hammer, make a slightly bigger hole.
4.) Time to install!
Now it’s just a matter of screwing the plate (or whatever you’re hanging) into the brick.
We actually used this same exact process to hang our modern house numbers, except instead of wall anchors we used construction adhesive. Those numbers weighed much less, which is why we felt OK skipping the anchors (plus we didn’t want the plastic anchors to be visible).
This flag-hanging project was done on the Fourth of July, with a parade going. I can’t think of anything more patriotic than that. There may have been some beer involved as well.
A big thank you to Gettysburg Flag Works for sending this American flag to me. They got hit pretty hard by the Storm Arthur two weeks ago, so I’m hoping their hometown operation is back up and running. Thinking of you guys!
We are feeling so patriotic! This flag is fancy in that it doesn’t get all bunched up and wrapped up. It always looks so pretty and proud.
It feels SO good to be back to writing posts. I feel like I’ve been off topic for so long. Also, I am dying to get back to projects. I know I said I was going to take a break this summer to recover from the photo shoot madness, but I think I’m fully recovered lol. Now, just how to break this to Aaron…
Disclaimer: This flag was provided to me by Gettysburg Flag Works. I was not required to write anything, but wanted to share the love! It’s a great product.
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