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01-01-2010 04:11 PM

Can anyone help me with this little problem I have. I have a basement workshop and would like to hang some cabinets for my tools on my cinder block basement wall. Having never hung anything on that kind of wall, can you screw into the cinder blocks without putting a hole in the wall? I am partially enclosing my shop and to save a few bucks I am leaving the walls unfinished. I just would like to take advantage of the space I have without framing it in.

Thanks for any help you can give.


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#1 posted 01-01-2010 04:20 PM

Heavy stuff- Molly Bolts

Light Stuff- Tapcons

Everything- French Cleats

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 04:23 PM

Ditto what Lew said. Absolutely correct.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 04:26 PM

Tapcon horizontal 2×4’s flat to the wall then proceed as normal.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 04:28 PM

Happy New Year, Rich.

I just googled your problem and found two articles you might find interesting:

here’s the google search I used ‘bolt cinder block anchors wall’

Good luck.

-- John from Hampstead

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 04:45 PM

I am a big fan of the french cleat format. It is very forgiving and easily adaptable. When properly attached, it will hold nearly anything. In your block walls, that is pretty easy too. THere are several good ways to attach thing to concrete blocks.
Tapcons: screw directly to the blocks.
Lead shields: require a larger hole and the screws go into the lead no the blocks
Wedge-its: are a steel bolt that wedges into the block
Wing-mollys: these take a much bigger hole.

To some degree, it depends upon your tools or willingness to purchase something new.

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 11:19 PM

Thanks everyone, some great info. NH Hermit, happy new years to you and your family. those links you supplied are great. that is exactly what I was looking for. I very much appreciate it.

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 11:35 PM

Ditto the french cleat. Two strips of wood and you’re hangin’. Drill with lags or use the new cement screws… they are usually blue.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 02:14 AM

in my basement I used french cleats and tapcons to attach them to the block wall. quick and easy

-- Derek, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-02-2010 02:33 AM

Westside, If you have true cinder block walls like I do, you should use stainless steel screws and or lags.
After about a year or so, I had noticed rust streaks running down the walls from behind the screws. I had removed the screws and found they had almost rotted away. Tried tapcons, samething.


-- So Many tools, So little time

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#10 posted 01-02-2010 05:21 AM

Pick a concrete anchor, drill your hole for it in the center of the block between the joints. That will be the web and solid concrete. You won’t have a hole through the barrier, just into it. Lead anchors or parabolts are my favorites. Easy to install and never fail.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-03-2010 07:34 AM

As an electrician Topamax has done a lot of this & has an excellent point here. To drill into a cavity void is asking for some kind of failure. Like hitting a stud or just hanging from the wallboard. French cleats are great as you can slide the cabinets or whatever box to a new location at any time.

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 01-03-2010 07:36 AM

You are right about that Scott!! I have put gilions of anchors in block wall in the last 40 yrs :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 01-03-2010 07:37 AM


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