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chinhoyang
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Best way to hang pictures on brick walls

House is an older farmhouse with lots of solid brick walls. Many of the walls use old recovered brick, so I really don't want to drill holes in the brick.

What is the best way to hang pictures that doesn't involve drilling holes into the brick? I see the hangers that have pins that go into the brick - have you had experience with them?

I want to hang some fairly large prints, so the method has to be able to hold up 30 pounds or so.

I saw some claws that grip the brick, but the original owner was a brick contractor. His mortar work is outstanding, and there is not 1/8 inch of brick for those devices to grab the brick.

Thanks.


The People
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Impact driver into the brick with a drill bit.

Insert plastic screw holder.

Screw into plastic screw holder.

I have photos hanging all through out my brick on my back patio. Makes it feel like an outdoor living room.


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Impact driver into the brick with a drill bit.

Insert plastic screw holder.

Screw into plastic screw holder.


This or use a Tapcon screw.


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wickowick
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Drill the mortar and not the brick


jumbomallard
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get some brick hooks. They attach to the outer edge. They hold a good bit of weight. No damage at all and no holes


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Unobtanium
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If you're dead set on this criteria
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doesn't involve drilling holes into the brick
then look into 3M command strip and/or or hook products. They work better on painted surfaces (but I've used them on glass), and have a max weight limit of 20 lbs each. If some of your brick is painted this might work.

Another option might be Gorilla tape or similar product.

ETA - one more option, from my grandmother's and older houses. Install picture rail molding and hang your pictures from that. Will require holes in the brick but might fit it with your overall look.
This post was edited on 5/8 at 12:33 am


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Mortar and lead anchors I hate plastic


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LSUtigerME
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Drill the mortar and not the brick

If it truly is old/reclaimed brick, you’ll want to drill into the mortar.

I’ve hung several TVs and other items this way. Tapcon style or plastic anchors for lighter weight, and wedge anchors for heavier weight items.


couv1217
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Drill hole. Knock in toothpicks or wooden skewers. Wood screw. Profit


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Willie Stroker
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I’ve used thin wire connected to a hook secured by a plastic screw holder inserted in the ceiling near the wall. The eye focuses on the painting hanging on the wall and doesn’t notice the wire.


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98eagle
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I just hung four pictures on a brick wall and by simply hammering in fluted masonry nails into the mortar between the bricks. It was very easy. It only took about a half dozen hammer strikes for each nail to sink it about 1/4" into the mortar and they are very strong. The mortar and brick did not crack at all, the nails went right in. Depending on how far the nail needed to stick out, I used some 1" and some 1-1/2" nails. You can tell when you've driven the nail in far enough just by feeling how solid the nail feels in the wall by pulling down on it with increasing pressure, and then add a couple of more strikes for good measure. Three of the pictures I hung are actually thin solid metal art weighing maybe 5 lbs each. One nail is plenty strong. If you have heavier pictures to hang, you can pretty easily drive these nails in further, but they have a lot of strength even only driven 1/4 inch into the mortar. Buy some and drive one in to see for yourself. Pick an inconspicuous spot to test one if you are concerned using them.


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