fastening curtain rods to hard surface


Old 03-13-02, 08:53 AM
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fastening curtain rods to hard surface

My daughter is moving into a older apartment (built in 30's or 40's). Compared to today's drywall and even older plaster, these walls are quite hard. They are a very dense terra cotta material, or as we call it here "terrazo". (it really feels like stone!)

Some past tenants have avoided trying to mount curtain rods over the windows, but others HAVE managed to do it.

What tools do I need and what screws/anchors should I use?

thanks for your help,
Old 03-13-02, 09:03 AM
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Better check with the landlord first because it will involve drilling, but you'll need some anchors and a masonry bit with a good drill. Mark the hole locations, drill the correct size holes (the drill size will be shown on the anchor package), insert anchors, and attach hardware. Several kinds of anchors available, check in the nuts & bolts section at the local home center or hardware store. The hole drilling can be a little dusty, but if you take a small bag and tape in directly below where you are drilling it will catch most of the dust.

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