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I have plenty of cable clips that work great indoors, but I want to attach a cable to an outside pebbledash wall. The existing cable clips, which have broken, appear to have been nailed into some kind of plug, but I can't see what.

What is a good technique for attaching cables to a wall that won't accept a simple nailed clip?

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I've seen cable clips nailed into the mortar between the bricks: I assume the mortar is softer, so accepts the nails. But it can be difficult to determine where the mortar is, when it is concealed with pebbledash :( (That's why I'm writing this as a comment, rather than an answer.) –  Ashley Oct 21 '13 at 11:42

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The original solution turns out to be bits of hardwood doweling inserted into the wall, with the cable clips hammered into them.

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Nice idea... I was wondering about using rawlplugs, but I assume those require screws, so this seems like a neat way to use simple nailed cable clips. Can you say approx what diameter the holes / doweling are? And I assume the holes are drilled into the brick, not the mortar? –  Ashley Oct 21 '13 at 11:47
    
The doweling was around half a centimeter diameter, and drilled into the brick. I would suggest finding some doweling first, then drilling slightly smaller holes –  David Sykes Oct 21 '13 at 12:53
    
Oh: that's quite thin, then. Thanks for this :) –  Ashley Oct 21 '13 at 18:09

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