We're renting a house with exposed brick walls inside, and would like to put up some shelves. The landlord doesn't want us drilling into the brick itself, but he's fine with us drilling into the mortar. If we mount shelves this way, will the mortar be strong enough to hold them up?

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    Depends on the shelf geometry, fasteners, and mortar.
    – popham
    Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 0:46
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    Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 10:07
  • @popham and the load!
    – Huesmann
    Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 13:36
  • Ask for forgiveness not permission. Move in fees are non-refundable anyway. The dick move would be taking your shelves when you move out. You're making improvements to the house, go nuts. "Some planter boxes? Sure. Your 60" TV? No." Tapcons don't list spec for mortar. diy.stackexchange.com/questions/51888/…
    – Mazura
    Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 15:41

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Unless you are placing a lot of weight on the shelves mounting in the mortar would be prefered. Be sure you use the appropriate anchors. The directions will give you information on the size, number etc for the amount of weight you want to support. This link may help: https://www.wikihow.com/Hang-Something-on-Brick

  • This question is a dupe among numerous offerings, you linked off-site, and -1 : ITW, the makers of Tapcons, do not 'prefer' they go into mortar. If you said I'd prefer them in mortar, then I can't disagree out loud.
    – Mazura
    Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 15:56

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