How to install masonry fixings

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How to install masonry fixings

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Project 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.
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A simple tip for easier drilling

A magnetic nut setter tip attaches the screw to your drill magnetically, so you don’t have to hold it while you drill. It’s like having a second pair of hands to hold the screw in place.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark out your holes
2 Install screws in the wall
3 Installing a masonry bolt
  • Step 1. Mark 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. 

  • Step 2. Install 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. 

  • Step 3. Installing 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.

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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