Attaching to brick

DS

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I have a framed canvas that needs to be mounted over a brick fireplace. What would be the best technique to mount this frame into the brick work? Thanks for your inputs!
 

AWG

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How large / heavy are you talking about?

There is an item called a BrickClip (United sells them I believe) that works up to about 15 pounds or so.

If a permanent hole is OK you can usually use a small hardened nail with a standard picture hook. "OOK" (Impex) makes a picture hanger with such a hook. I think Home Depot carries them.

Hope that helps.

Tony
 

Kit

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Dan, check the United catalog.

They sell a product called 'Brick Clips' designed just for this type of installation.

Kit

edit: That Tony is just too quick.
 

Frank Larson

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I think those brick clips only work well if the brick actually sticks out proud of the mortar. That's kind of unusual. I tend to drill holes in the mortar and use plastic anchors and screws. The mortar is soft enough to be easily drilled with a carbide drill bit and a regular drill. You don't need a hammer drill. After drilling blow the dust out of the hole (I blow through a straw) so the anchor can grip better. You can either leave the screw sticking out enough to hang from or you can run the screw through a 50lb hanger. Piece of cake....

Installer's tip:
Tape a paper bag just below the hole before drilling and you don't have dust falling all over the lower bricks and the floor. No cleanup.
 

Puppyraiser

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We usually recommend dropping two wires from screw eyes in the ceiling just where the wall and ceiling join. It is much easier to patch up when the decor changes.
 
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