Having a home with a brick-veneer siding should not keep you from installing a window box. Mounting a box onto brick may seem impossible; however, it is an easy project requiring a few basic tools, sturdy metal brackets and masonry screws. In a matter of hours, you can add charm to the front of your home with a newly mounted box filled with brightly coloured flowers.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Marker pen
- Carpenter's level
- Galvanised steel L-shaped brackets
- Tape measure
- Masonry bit
- 1 1/2-inch masonry screws
- Short galvanised screws
Hold the window box flush against the house just below the window casing. Use a tape measure to ensure that the box is centred under the window. Balance a carpenter's level on top of the box to ensure it is level. Use a marker pen and make reference marks on the bricks through the holes of the box at each end. Set the box aside.
Drill pilot holes using a drill fitted with a masonry drill bit. If the reference marks are at mortar joints, adjust the position of the box so that you drill into brick, not mortar. Measure the length of the screws and make the hole 1/2-inch deeper than the screw's length.
Blow out the holes to make them dust-free. Hold the right L-bracket behind the box and then attach this end to the brick wall with masonry screws. Use a drill with a screwdriver attachment. Attach the other end in a similar manner.
Attach the bottom of the window box to the L-brackets using smaller galvanised screws. Make sure they are small enough so they do not go through the bottom of the box.
Tips and warnings
- The size of the masonry bit, screws and L-brackets will depend on the size of the box and its weight when filled with wet soil and plants.
- For a 3-foot long box, use a minimum of three L-brackets.
- If there are no holes at the back of the window box, make pilot holes in the box and then align the holes with the L-bracket holes.
- Do not attach the window box to a wooden window sill as the mounting holes drilled into the wood can become an entry point for moisture, leading to wood rot.
- Do not use expansion-type masonry anchors as you risk cracking the bricks.
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