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How to Hang Stuff on Brick

How many of you have bare brick walls in your home because the prospect of hanging decor on them seems like a) too much work or b) something that might damage the wall?

If you raised your hand, you're definitely not alone. Hanging stuff on brick may not be hard, as we’re about to show you, but it’s still not as easy as banging a nail into the drywall.

Basic Tools

Hanging a picture or shelf on brick doesn’t take any fancy tools. At the very least, you’ll need a:

- Drill
- Masonry Bit 
- Screwdriver
- Hammer
- Wall Anchors

You’d also do well to grab a drop cloth (or a few, because there will be some brick and mortar dust), a level, screws and whatever it is you’re going to hang, so you can complete the job with easy cleanup all on one go.

If you’re drilling several holes, some eye protection and a dust mask is recommended.

Choosing Masonry Bits & Wall Anchors

Before you drill, you’re going to have to get a masonry bit and at least one wall anchor. Your wall anchor should be just a little smaller in diameter than your bit, because after you drill you’re going to insert the anchor into the hole.

And, it might be a tight fit, which isn’t a problem – just use your hammer.

Anchors work by expanding slightly once you then insert a screw, thereby “anchoring” the screw to the wall. You can also insert a nail or hook, depending on what you’re trying to hang (and the type of wall anchor you decide to use).

Now that you’ve got your supplies and you know what to do with them, it’s time to drill …

Drill Mortar, NOT Brick  

Rule #1: Don’t drill into the brick! You want to drill into the mortar between the bricks when you’re mounting things on a brick wall. And, that’s really the only trick. The rest of the job is pretty simple.

Just remember not to drill too deep – a couple inches should be plenty. If you’re hanging something heavy, drill more holes rather than deeper ones. You can use a level to make sure they're even, but it should be pretty easy because you can use the mortar as your guideline.

And, that’s it! Now you know how to hang a picture (or whatever you want) on a brick wall, but if you still feel a little hesitant, you can always look up a local handyman – or woman – on Porch.com.

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