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Parzival17 Jan 2017 12:22 p.m. PST

We had a big windstorm a few weeks back that wrenched the screws and masonry anchors of our flag bracket out of the brick on our garage. Two anchors and screws are completely out. One is hanging in, but is twisted it slightly out. Any ideas on how I can fix this so that the flag bracket will safely hold again, while also protecting the integrity of the brick? Is there a way to reuse the existing holes safely, or will I need to fill them and reposition the flag bracket elsewhere?

Terrement Inactive Member17 Jan 2017 12:40 p.m. PST

Is there a way to reuse the existing holes safely, or will I need to fill them and reposition the flag bracket elsewhere?

Not a mason, but my gut tells me a repaired hole will be less secure than new holes.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Fill and reposition. And when the next wind storm
comes along, take in the colors. If one is forecast
and you may not be home, don't put them up.

We fly them every day at the antique shop and have had
to replace brackets 3 times (not all the staff will
take them in when the wind gets up).

zoneofcontrol17 Jan 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

I concur with the fill-in holes and move. If you can't cover the filled in holes with the new brackets, a decorative piece of wood trim or sign might do.

I don't know the layout of your garage but is it possible to use hooks and have the flag hang down rather than be mounted on a pole? This is what I do. Just remember to hang it with the field of stars on the correct location.

coryfromMissoula17 Jan 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

I would just reuse the holes, finish drilling all the way through each so the hole is exposed inside the garage, and run bolts all the way through the bracket and wall into the garage and use fender washers with a nut.

CeruLucifus19 Jan 2017 11:15 p.m. PST

I would ask at your hardware store.

I expect you should be able to get bigger masonry anchors that fit the bigger holes, or enlarge the holes to take even bigger ones, or do what coryfromMissoula said.

Jimmy DiResta (YouTube carpenter/artist) has a video on hanging stuff on walls, including masonry. For a big hole in brick if he can't find an anchor that works he hammers in a dowel of hardwood and then puts a screw into that. Here's the video; the specific section is at 12:05. YouTube link

14Bore05 Feb 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

I have got to check this board more often.
Depending on hole size or how much masonrywas pulled out.
Could go with larger or deeper anchors, get a small bucket of anchor cement, fill in holes and use same spots. Tap cons will work well but helps to have a roto hammer. Brick is relatively soft so it is possible to drill with regular drill and a masonry bit.

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