How do you hang a picture or install shelving on a brick or concrete wall?

PhoenixOrion

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i actually recently used masonry nails to hang a picture frame.

i highly advice using pliers to hold the nail while hammering it in....my poor thumb.
 

jjones

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I sometimes use masonry nails but most often prefer to drill a hole and then use a plastic anchor and screw.
 

dman

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I keep a spare cat around for just this purpose. Well, that and a piece of bread, butter side up, tied to the top of the cat. Once you see the suspended cat you no longer care about hanging the picture.
 

Zach

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Originally posted by: Colt45
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THat's how I did it. We couldn't see where the joints were because of a layer of sheetrock. I bought a multipurpose homeowners maintenance kit which had anchors and masonary drill bits from a home store and just drilled holes and hammered in the anchors then used screws into the anchors. We used mostly plastic anchors, lead for hanging items.
 

Penth

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I used this thing at work this week. You put a charge inside and put a nail in the end. Then you hit it one time with the hammer and it puts the nail all the way into the concrete (there is probably a 3/8" to 1/2" head that you could hang a picture on.. It is a pretty bad ass tool. I couldn't find what it was called on google though.
 

JinLien

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Depends on what kind of weight it have to bear. Plastic wedge/drop-in anchor are good enought for most light weight job. Tapcon screws are good for most light to medium weight tasks, but they are a pain to get good grip and can take a bit of work to install the screw. Nail in/hamer drive sleeve anchor (smackies) are great and are quick to install for medium and light weight jobs. Steel or lead wedge bolts/sleave bolts/drop-in slugs are use in medium & heavy weight/grip applications.

IMHO, plastic wedge/drop-ins are good enought for pictures, and it would best to go with steel or lead wedge/sleave bolts or slugs drop-in for shelving.
 

Mo0o

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Originally posted by: lykaon78
Fishing wire from a screw(s) in the ceiling my be a work around.

That might actually be a really trendy alternative if you have it float a bit off of teh wall and people wont usually see the wall's profile
 

JinLien

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Originally posted by: notfred
Those cool hammer things that aer basically .22LR bullets with nails in front of them.
Do you mean powder actuated gun/nailer?
 

mugs

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Tapcon screws would work for installing shelves probably overkill for hanging a picture.
 

TitanDiddly

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Originally posted by: Penth
I used this thing at work this week. You put a charge inside and put a nail in the end. Then you hit it one time with the hammer and it puts the nail all the way into the concrete (there is probably a 3/8" to 1/2" head that you could hang a picture on.. It is a pretty bad ass tool. I couldn't find what it was called on google though.

Hilti gun.
 

bctbct

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9 times out of 10 times a hilti fastener will shatter the brick...and not hold.