How to Install Brackets on Stucco

Wall brackets are typically used for hanging or suspending objects from walls. Installing a bracket is a simple matter of drilling screws into the wall material. The difficult part is in identifying proper locations and drilling through the wall material. Stucco, a cement product, is held in place with metal mesh attached to a wood frame. Some exterior stucco is made from a concrete mixture using sand and gravel to give the material added stability which makes mounting a bracket even more difficult. Special anchors are manufactured for this purpose.

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Heavier fixtures mounted to stucco need to penetrate the stucco and wall studs for stability.

Step 1

Position the bracket according to your specific needs. Mark the locations for the screw holes for the bracket onto the wall.

Step 2

Drill pilot holes for the cement anchors at each screw hole location with a hammer drill, available for rent at most hardware stores, and a masonry drill bit. The drill bit is typically included with the purchase of cement anchor screws.

Step 3

Firmly install the anchors into the screw holes on the bracket into the pilot holes in the wall. A screwdriver drill bit attachment allows you to accurately drive the anchor through the stucco and supporting mesh into a sublayer of material.

Step 4

Use the screws that came with the wall anchors to attach the bracket to the wall.