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Old 10-05-16, 02:17 AM
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Hanging things on walls in a brick house

I recently purchased my first brick house. I've discovered that it just doesn't work trying to hang items on a nail. As the nail isn't able to go very deep into the wall before it runs into brick.

The only other thing I can think of, is using a very small masonry bit with Tapcon's. Assuming that they make Tapcon's small enough.

The interior walls are brick in there centers too.

Am I correct with this way of thinking ?? Or is there a better way of hanging things on these walls ??

Your advice will be appreciated !!
 
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Old 10-05-16, 02:26 AM
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Try the Command products. They stick to almost everything and release when needed. Not sure what you are trying to hang, but heavier things may take a more aggressive hanging solution. Tapcons are one. What covers your brick? Sheetrock, lath and plaster? Difficult to envision any wall covering directly over brick without at least furring strips.
 
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Old 10-05-16, 04:46 AM
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Many homes, apartments and re-invented loft apartments are bare brick interior walls. If the brick is rough surface I don't think Command strips will work. I would be very interested to know what is the best or alternative methods to hang various items on these walls.

C'mon Larry you can do better than that .

Seriously, how about some other alternatives for various types of items. I would like to be able to give advice to my customers when the time comes. Tapcons are the only item I can come up with also.
 
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Old 10-05-16, 04:52 AM
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Tapcons, and molly's into the wall are one option but once you drill that hole you've left a permanent mark. I would consider adding a old fashioned picture rail along the top of the wall. That way anything in the future can be hung and moved without marring the wall. It's the reason picture rails were invented as back then many walls were brick or plaster.
 
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So does it seem like the sheetrock is glued right on the brick or is there some space? Or is it not sheetrock in the first place?

A picture might help.
 
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Sorry, I should have mentioned that the house was built in 1924, and has the lath & plaster over brick walls. I do not believe that there is any air space between the brick and plaster.

When I try to drive a nail into the wall, it goes through the plaster and lath, hits the brick, then gets bent up from hitting the brick. I don't believe there is air space between them.

What are Mollie's, and picture rails ??
 

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Old 10-05-16, 09:50 AM
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Mollies are the little plastic things you push into a hole drilled in the wall and then run a screw into the molly.
picture rails - https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/...&hsimp=yhs-004
 
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OK, I've used the Mollies before, just didn't know what they were called. Will have to see if I can get them to work.

As far as the picture rails, I think I will save that for a last resort. That looks like a great way to hang things when the normal methods will not work, but I'm not liking the idea of having to have an extra piece of wood, visible like that, just to hang things on the wall.

I had my nice big neon Budweiser clock hanging with one of those removable sticky tape things. I was startled awake by the clock crashing to the floor and busting into a dozen pieces. I went that route because the previous owners had numerous items hung with those things. I think the heat from the neon lighting, and the weight of the clock was simply to much for that hanging method.

Thanks for the help guys. I wanted to come here to get some answers before putting any unusable holes in the walls.
 
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Old 10-05-16, 06:54 PM
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As the nail isn't able to go very deep into the wall before it runs into brick.
Norm, that is why I asked about the Command. The surface was something other than brick.

Skooter, you need to use common sense when hanging things. Command and other sticky things can't handle things of more than a pound or so, although their packaging says otherwise. That is where you have to graduate to a driven fastener, whether you use mollies, or drill tapcons directly into the plaster and into the brick. It will boil down to weight and vertical sheer.
 
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Old 10-05-16, 07:24 PM
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ReadyNail picture hooks can also be used to hang lightweight items in drywall.
 
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