It is an error to use to drive nail into a brick wall just as is obtained in an ordinary concrete block wall. There are a couple of ways by which you can drive your nails in a brick wall without much hitches. It is easier to use nails withy grooved shafts (threads), they’re better held in place in the brick and can withstand load better.
You need to make holes in the wall. Use a drill bit to make the holes in your brick wall mortar. Use a drill bit whose diameter is less than the diameter of your nail. Drill bit with same diameter will cause the nail to be loose when fixed; so make sure to keep the diameter lesser
Mark out holes: make marks for the holes according to the number you desire to have. Mark them out in the masonry joints (brick mortar) since the nails will be driven in the mortar not the brick itself.
Wear your safety goggles: it is of great necessity; a safety goggle is required for protection. The masonry joint (mortar) is very brittle, its particles can scatter when disturbed with a nail and hammer or drill bit hence, should always leave the eyes protected with protective goggle.
Drill holes in the mortar: keep the drill bit straight at 90 degrees while drilling to prevent the nails tilting to an angle. Drill hole it the brick mortar. Don’t forget, the drill bit must be smaller than the diameter of the nail clean out holes, make sure it is free of particles.
Drive nails in hole: using a hammer, drive nails into the holes. Don’t use force; gently tap on the head of the nails with your hammer until it is securely fixed in the hole. Try shaking or pulling the nail to see if there’s any movement or instability that might need attention. If none, proceed to the next marked point.
Don’t forget to use masonry nails with grooved shafts which fits in firmly in the brick joint. Smooth bodied nails slip out easily.
Protective goggle should be handy before commencing even with step one, as any damage caused to the eyes would be highly regretted.
If there is need to anchor directly in the brick wall then use sleeve anchor instead. This is preferable for heavy weight attachments. Mark holes and drill with masonry bit. This time, use masonry bit with sane diameter as sleeve anchor. Clean out the hole as usual with compressed air, do not use the mouth. Some hammer drills can clean out holes too.
Insert the anchors; push through the object you’re attaching and into the hole you drilled. Gently tap head with a hammer and tighten in place. Use a screw driver to tighten screw head at the end of the anchor. Tighten till anchor head flushes with the surface of the wall.
Note: some sleeve anchor products come with information that requires a hole with exact depth. In this case, drill hole to exact depth of the anchor. If product has no such directive, about ½’’ deeper than the anchors would do.
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