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Morning all

Newbie here to the forum with a question!

Iv'e got to attached a fence post to the side of my house and have no idea on how to do it. It's not going to be used to hang anything from, it's just to latch a new gate onto. The problem is the wall I'm drilling into is 140+ years old and built from we think engineering bricks which I'm told can shatter/split when drilled into.

Any advice on what fixings to use as well as drill bits or alternative ways to fix the post to the wall will be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

Chris :hello2:


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I've never known engineering bricks to be a problem to drill into other than the fact that they are b****y hard.

I wouldn't even bother to attempt it without an SDS drill.

For bolts I'd use a "through bolt" and the correct size masonry bit.

Something like the ones in the link below: length to be determined by what you are fixing.

http://www.screwfix.com/p/rawlplug-xpt- ... pack/35485

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There are (potentially) many types of adhesive that can be used to attach posts to walls - more than capable of keeping something as simple as a gate latch post fixed in place.

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Get an SDS drill and bit, don't apply pressure just let the tool do its work. Had a similar issue in an old stone house I once owned.

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kellys_eye wrote:
There are (potentially) many types of adhesive that can be used to attach posts to walls - more than capable of keeping something as simple as a gate latch post fixed in place.


It'll work alright as a quick and dirty fix - until it blows shut in a gale.

I got sent to measure up for a new gate once at a hotel down on Sandbanks.

"Where's the old one" says I, (hoping to use it as a pattern).

"Somewhere out in the Solent since that storm" (Michael Fish's non-hurricane) was the answer. :lol:

The whole lot had disappeared, (the new one of the same size was no lightweight either), the power of the weather should never be underestimated.

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For most of my life I was always made to fix to the joints. I got a right bollocking when I drilled into a stone at Ludlow castle once but that's another story. The theory is that drilling into a brick leaves a hole that is virtually impossible to conceal ( really it needs the brick replacing) whereas a hole in the joint is very easy to repair should there come a time when the post or whatever is removed. To be fair unless the mortar is in poor state then I've not had too much problem and that can always be rectified with timber plugs.


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