• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to securely fasten outdoor containers to masonry.

    Steps:
    1. Measure and mark the center of the window. Then measure down from the sill the recommended distance and mark the center of the two mounting holes.
    2. Use a hammer-drill and ½-inch-diameter carbide-tipped masonry drill bit to bore holes into the brick. Drill the holes slightly deeper than the plastic wall anchor you’ll be using.
    3. Tap a plastic wall anchor into each hole with a hammer.
    4. Fasten each mounting bracket to the brick wall with a lag screw. Use a box-end wrench to tighten the lag screw into the wall anchor.
    5. To install the window box, simply clip it onto the two mounting brackets.
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      Climbing up to the window is the most challenging part
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      Tools List

      • extension ladder
        Ladder
      • hammer drill
        Hammer-drill and ½-inch-diameter carbide-tipped masonry drill bit, used to bore holes for wall anchor
      • finish hammer
        Hammer
      • ratcheting box-end wrench
        Box-end wrench, for tightening lag screws

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      Window box and mounting brackets

      Plastic wall anchor and lag screw, used to secure mounting bracket to brick wall