How to Fix a Trellis on a Stone or Brick Wall

Hi I’m Craig Phillips and welcome to my trade tips. Today I’m out in the garden, and I’m going to show you how you can fix trellis to a stone wall. The first stage is to find the location in your garden that is suitable for your plants. Offer it up against the wall and just put one mark on the brick when you are happy with the height. Using a 4mm wood drill piece I am going to drill a clearance hole through all four corners. This will allow the screw that I’m using to sail through. Now all four clearance holes are drilled in the trellis, I have chaged the setting on the drill to a ‘hammer action’ setting and I have used a masonry drillbit in here. So I am going to drill through the clearance hole and mark up for a pilot hole in the stonework. Remeber when drilling any type of stonwork allways use your safety goggles. Once I have made my first mark into the stonework I can drill all the way. With this really tough stonework Ihave started off using a smaller masonry drillbit, just 6mm, that will act as a pilot drill and then I will put a larger one in there to make the right size hole for the irght size plug. Now the 8mm hole is drilled into the blockwork, I can apply a 8mm rall plug, I can push my screw through the clearance hole of the trellis… lift it into position. At first tighten it by hand, once it starts to bite… Take your drill and drive it in. Once you have got the one screw in it it will start to take the weight. As you can see the trellis will move at this point. So it is ideal for getting your spirit level on, let the first screw take the weight, Get it perfectly level and mark it up with your pencil Around all four corners.. Once you have got it perfectly level, then change the drill setting back to the hammer action, put a masonry drillbit in and drill through through your last three clearance holes. Then you can simply slide it away, put your plugs in and screw it firmly into position. So now the one screw is taking the weight of the trellis and holding it into position. I am now going to drill pilot holes through the other three clearance holes. Mark the wall first Then I can simply slide the trellis to one side which will allow me then to drill the brick work. [drilling] Once you have got all four screws firmly screwed in to the corners, your trellis is now complete. All you have to do is decide what plants you want to grow on it. If you are planning any DIY tasks in the near future, you may need a little bit of advice on tools or some top DIY tips. Well visit

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  1. Carol Ondrey

    That's a novel use of a toolbox, Craig. First as saw horses to set the trellis while you drilled in a pilot hole and then as a step ladder, while you hung the trellis on the wall. Seems a bit unstable to me, but you're the pro.

  2. MrUniman69

    Thank you for posting that info, it is very helpful, but, how do I work out how long my screws have to be and which diameter drill bit and rawlplug, I want to fix some lengths of 35×35 mm timber to brickwork so that I can support a foot high trellis to run along the top of the wall…..I have worked out how to do the job, I just want to know how long the screws need to be to support 35mmx35mm timber to a London brick wall. Thanks.

  3. Saul Vitale

    This type of project has been a real hit with woodworkers all around, thanks! BTW if you didn't know Hyezmar released his Woodworking Bible at no cost, he's just looking for feedback.

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