Your favorite annuals can hang in style in a hanging flower bag.

How to Attach a Hanging Bag of Flowers to a Cement Garage Wall

by Jasey Kelly

Hanging flower bags put a new spin on the classic hanging basket. They're long, flat and offer the look of a piece of art. The design options are nearly endless, just like other containers and baskets. Because of their shape, these bags are best hung against a wall or other flat surface. If you've discovered the ideal place for your flower bag, that's great. If it happens to be the concrete wall of your garage, you're going to need a few special tools and anchors.

1. How It's Done

Attaching to concrete isn't as simple as banging a nail into the wall. Because of concrete's structure, it requires special anchors to hold the fastener in place. Without anchors or concrete screws, the probability of your concrete wall cracking or becoming otherwise damaged is great, not to mention your hanging flower bag would probably slip to the ground. To secure the anchors and fasteners, you'll need a hammer drill, special masonry bit for the drill, the correct anchors and correct bolts or screws to fit the anchors. You can rent a hammer drill at many hardware stores or tool rental outlets.

2. Types of Anchors

Concrete screws are simple types of fasteners designed for attaching items to concrete. You'll easily find 3/16- and 1/4-inch concrete screws at most hardware stores; the 3/16 screws will generally suffice for this type of job. The screws need to penetrate into the concrete at least 1 inch. If your flower bag is relatively lightweight, these types of anchors will do the job. However, buy a couple of 1/4-inch concrete screws in case your concrete is particularly hard; hard concrete can snap some 3/16-inch screws. For items less than 50 pounds, like your hanging flower bag, plastic concrete anchors will generally suffice, as well. These light-duty concrete anchors are fairly inexpensive and you can use regular screws with them. The anchors expand as the screw goes in, creating more grip.

3. The Process

If you've ever heard the old saying "measure twice, cut once," apply it to drilling in concrete. While it can be done, it's not as simple to patch concrete as it is drywall. Drill a pilot hole with a masonry bit on your hammer drill to a depth that's 1/4 inch longer than how far the screw will go in, and brush away as much dust as you can. This extra space is for the dust that will accumulate and that is nearly impossible for you to get out. Tap the anchor into place with a hammer and then screw in the screws. Wear goggles; the dust from drilling into concrete often shoots directly out.

4. Your Options

A decorative bracket can add aesthetic value to your hanging bag and allow you to hang your flowers slightly off the wall, which can help prevent staining your concrete wall. There are many types of decorative hooks, as well. If you don't wish to put holes in your concrete wall, another option would be to hang an S-hook from a solid part of the roof, such as under the eaves.

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