I was trying to attached wood shutters to an old house that has brick on the outside. I tried to attached the bricks using concrete/brick screws but when I went to drill the pilot hole into the bricks with a masonry bit, the bit was not able to drill the hole. The bit was brand new. The brick and mortar was too hard and it burned the bit up making it useless. I noticed that when I took the shutters down there were holes in the mortar that was filled with what look like a wooden plug or dowel and that is how the shutters were originally attached to the house. There was a piece of wood that was screwed into the wood dowels and then the shutters were attached to the wood and that is how the shutters were attached to the house.
Is anybody familiar with this technique. The shutters were up for many years(at least over 25). Does anybody have any suggestions as to how I can attached the shutters or how would I get a wood plug or piece of dowel to stay in the drilled out holes so they can be strong enough to support wooden shutters.
Thanks for any help or suggestions.