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TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *How to Attach Christmas Lights to Brick

Hanging Christmas lights on the brick home can be a tricky endeavor. Brick cracks easily if you try to drill in it. Christmas lights add a lot of appeal to your home during the holidays. This article will explain how to properly hang Christmas lights to the exterior of your home without cracking or otherwise destroying your brick exterior.

You'll need:

Christmas lights Drill

Masonry drill bit Clear plastic anchors

Screw hooks Rubber mallet

Pliers Electric screwdriver

Step 1 - Designing Your Christmas Lights Display

Before you go outside to hang a string of Christmas lights, make a game plan. Use a piece of a paper or photographs of your house. Gather together some markers and begin drawing on them. You can make your design as elaborate as you want to. Take special care to make notes of where the brick on your home is. This will go a long way when you have to purchase not only your lights but your supplies to hang them. Once you go outside with your plans you can compare them to the physical structure. You may have to edit your Christmas light display. When you purchase your anchors and screws always buy more than you actually need. This will save you a major headache in case you run out. Also, use only clear plastic anchors because metal ones are visible and can rust after prolonged exposure to the elements.

Step 2 - Selecting Anchors and Screw Hooks

Before you buy the anchors make sure you look at the package. Find out the diameter of the anchors. This is the size of the drill bit that you will need. If you do not have a masonry drill bit of that diameter, purchase one before leaving the store. Also purchase screw hooks that are white or clear, if available. They only have to be big enough to fit a strand of lights.

Step 3 - Installing the Anchors and Screw Hooks

You do not want to drill directly into the brick because it can break. You will be installing the anchors to the mortar instead. Install the drill bit and start drilling guide holes where you need. Slowly drill the holes to avoid brick damage. When your hole is drilled you can insert the plastic anchor. Do not force the anchor in the hole with your hand. Use the rubber mallet and very gently tap it in. Once the anchor is snug in the guide hole you can install the screw hook. You may need to use a pair of pliers to get them fully inside the hole. The idea is to make sure that the anchors are tight in the guide holes so they can support the brick and the screw hooks need to be snug so they can properly support the Christmas lights.