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A person marking a wall with masking tape

Overview

To hang heavy things off brick walls such as timber wall mounts or picture frames, you need to choose the right masonry fixing. We'll take you through a few different ways using wall plugs and masonry bolts.

Steps

1Mark out your holes

Mark out where you want the holes to go on the wall with a pencil. Then cover the area you will drill with masking tape. This will make sure that your drill doesn't slip and damage your wall. 

A person marking a wall with masking tape

2Install screws in the wall

Wall plugs are colour coded which indicate how much weight they can bear or what type of screw they can hold. Make sure you choose the one you need. With the right sized masonry bit for your wall plug and screw size, predrill a hole using the hammer drill to the depth of your screw. Tap a wall plug into the hole and then you can screw into it. Remove the tape and you're ready to hang. 

A hole being drilled in a wall at a point marked by masking tape

3Installing a masonry bolt

Pre drill the hole using the hammer drill and masonry bit the same size as the masonry bolt you will be using. Then use a spanner to screw the masonry bolt tightly into the wall. Remove the tape and you're ready to hang.
A person installing a masonry bolt in a wall using a spanner

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.