I'm getting conflicting information re: mounting a metal garden hose rack to
My buddy told me to go to HD and buy lead shields, screws that fit the
shields and a
masonry drill bit to drill a hole in the stone that the lead shields fit it.
I go to Lowes but they don't have 1/4" lead shields so they sell me 1/4"
masonry screws that don't use lead shields. Will the masonry screws work
or do I need to get the 1/4" lead shields?
Masonry screws like Tap-con will not work in natural stone. Fastening
into natural stone is very different than fastening into concrete and
different types of stone are different as well. Go to HD, rent a Hilti
hammer drill and a suitable percussion bit (a hammer drill will toast an
ordinary masonry bit in short order), and some suitable anchors. The
various Hilti anchors are by far the best, but a bit overkill for a hose
reel, though for the three of four fasteners needed cost shouldn't be an
issue. Trust me on this, if you try to drill natural stone of any
hardness with a regular masonry bit and ordinary rotary drill, your arm
is likely to fall off and the sun set before you complete the first
The other problem with mounting things to stone walls is that the face
of most stone walls is irregular, and all of the anchor points of
whatever you are mounting must be right up against the stone or the
anchors will just pull out as the screws are tightened. We run into that
mounting the electrical disconnect boxes for a/c units. I keep a
variety of nuts, washers etc, to use as spacers, as well longer screws
to use with stone. Larry
There are a variety of anchors made for masonry that will work. You
don't have to use the lead shield ones. To hold a hose rack, I'd get
the shortest ones you can find. However, I think if what you're doing
is drilling holes in the exterior stone of your house to mount a
garden hose rack, you're nuts. If it's new construction, most of
that stone is just a thin veneer, and frequently it isn't even stone,
in which case, you'll go right through the stone. If you insist on
doing it, make sure you use caulk to keep the water out.
A lot will depend on whether it is stone veneer or solid stone construction
and the type of stone used. Granite and other hard stones will be very
difficult to drill while limestone or sandstone will be very easy. Cannot
tell from here.
I saw a pretty nice looking free standing hose reel cart at Sam's
yesterday. Looked to be beefy enough to no get dragged around when
you're pulling hose off it. Seemed to be all metal construction and have
the capacity for quite a bit of hose. I might get one to replace the two
plastic hose reel carts I currently use for a few hundred feet of hose.
I think you wanted anchors, not shields. What would be shielding what
One of the first things I did was hang a garden hose rack from my
wall. One with a crank, no less. I'd always wanted that. But I have
brick and only had to drill holes in the mortar, which can be refilled
by me or the next owner. I wouldn't have drilled holes in the brick
for a garden hose, and I wouldn't do it in your case either. There
are lots of alternatives.
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I finally got tired of the crappy plastic reels and bought a serious heavy
duty one. Glad I did. Not cheap, but wow, what a great reel. Wish I had
done it years ago. They are available at discounts on the web if you do a
I'd have said that a few years ago too, but I've since learned different.
Avoid the $25 models by Mainstays at WalMart and such. . I bought one last
year and tossed it in the trash this year. More frustration than it was
Why not make a concrete pad with an anchor built in? When the reel
falls apart, our you want a different location, it could be removed
without scarring the house. There are reels built into plastic boxes
that look a little nicer, or you could build something to hold it.
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