I am buying a wall-mounted garden hose reel that I will mount onto my brick house. I have a hammer drill and masonry bits, and I know to use stainless steel sleeve anchors. I do have a couple of things I’m not sure about, though:
Is is preferable to drill into the actual brick, or the mortar? Or does it not make a difference?
I am uncertain about the size of anchor to use, both diameter and length. I will be using four anchors. The reel itself is not heavy, but it will be supporting a 100-foot hose (that, I guess, would be full of water).
AFAIK and I’m no mason, the mortar is far softer than brick. I’ve always tried to avoid drilling into mortar but the makers of hose reels, flatscreen mounts, bird feeders, and mailboxes conspire with the makers of bricks to make it so there’s frequently no way to hit brick with all the mounting holes.
I would go with the largest diameter bolts that you can get through the hose reel’s mounting holes. And no longer than the width of your brick.
The junction between brick and mortar is a weakness, like a crack would be too, and if you put a bolt into mortar, its got to be very close to brick if not touching brick.
So its better to avoid the mortar and go into solid brick only.
Avoid hitting mortar if possible. If not, put the mortar on the bottom, second best is on the top.
The wear on this is more about the movement than the weight. Your mount is going to get a great deal of side to side jostling as you wrap and unwrap that hose. So you want to overmount those side bolts in the most secure manner possible.
For mounting on my brick house, I’ve learned to bore through the brick and use landscape timber lag screws to get to the wood behind. Pump the hole full with clear caulk for a weather seal.
One) I have really old brick, the kind that dissolves when it sits in water.
Two) behind the brick is log so there is a large beefy target to shoot into.
Interesting, I would feel just the opposite. Bricks are indeed brittle, and failure of a Tapcon just requires tiny fractures right around the screw shank. Whereas an expansion anchor failure basically requires failure of a large part of the whole brick. And bricks are pretty strong in compression – it seems to me that most of the stress on a brick from an expansion anchor are compressive. But as the Bob Vila quote in #3 says, if the brick is cracked or flaking, I wouldn’t put an anchor in it.