How To Use Stucco Anchors

  1. Mark the location for the wall anchor on the stucco with a pencil. …
  2. Insert a drill bit the appropriate size for the anchor into the drill. …
  3. Drill a hole in the stucco at each location for an anchor. …
  4. Place the base of the anchor in the hole and gently tap the anchor into position with a hammer.

Codes and Regulations

If your neighborhood has an HOA or similar association, there may be regulations in place that restrict what can be displayed on your home. Before wasting time and money, first, consult with these authorities to get the go-ahead.

How to Screw Into Stucco

Heavier items may call for stronger hardware such as anchored screws and hooks for mounting, which will require you to drill through your stucco.

  • Drill a Hole

    Using a masonry bit the same size as your anchor, carefully drill a hole into the stucco, just past the length of the anchor itself.

  • Fill the Hole With Caulk

    Fill the hole with silicone caulk to help hold the anchor in place.

  • Install the Anchor

    Slide the anchor into the hole until its flush with the wall. This may require a light tap with a hammer.

  • Drive the Screw

    Drive the screw or hook into the anchor to your desired placement. To avoid stains on your wall, opt for corrosion-resistant screws.

  • How to Hang Things on Stucco With Adhesive Hooks

    The process for hanging things on stucco walls may differ depending on what you are hanging. For this example, we will explain how to install outdoor adhesive-backed hooks for mounting string lights, but these steps can be slightly adjusted to better suit your needs.

  • Choose Your Hooks

    Before you choose just any adhesive-backed hooks from the store, take the time to see which ones will best serve your purposes. The hooks need to be rated for outdoor use and be able to adhere to surfaces like concrete, brick, and stucco. Furthermore, the hooks need to support the weight of whatever you choose to hang on them. While string lights will be supported across multiple hooks, be sure to avoid purchasing a hook that is too flimsy.

  • Clean the Surface

    In order to form a strong bond with adhesive, the surface must first be thoroughly cleaned. Remove any loose dust and debris with a stiff brush, then follow up by scrubbing with a solution of degreasing dish soap and water. Rinse off with water. If you find any holes in the stucco while youre cleaning it, seal them with exterior-grade silicone caulk to prevent water from getting behind the stucco exterior. How to Clean Stucco for a Cleaner, Fresher Exterior

  • Rub Surface With Alcohol

    Once the area has dried, wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will remove any remaining grease, giving the adhesive the best bonding potential. Allow the area to fully dry before moving forward.

  • Install Hooks

    For best results, follow the manufacturers provided instructions for installing your adhesive-backed hooks. To increase the likelihood of a strong bond, firmly hold the adhesive against the stucco for 10 to 20 seconds before letting go, and only attempt to install them once the surface is completely dry.


    For mounting items such as picture frames and signs on stucco, it may be easier to first install the adhesive on the item itself, then press the item against the wall to adhere.

  • Hang Lights

    Once the adhesive-backed hooks have had ample time to adhere, you can begin hanging your string lights. Always check the manufacturers provided instructions for adhesive set times before stressing joints.

  • FAQ

    How do you use anchors in stucco?

    How to Screw Into Stucco
    1. Drill a Hole. Using a masonry bit the same size as your anchor, carefully drill a hole into the stucco, just past the length of the anchor itself.
    2. Fill the Hole With Caulk. Fill the hole with silicone caulk to help hold the anchor in place.
    3. Install the Anchor. …
    4. Drive the Screw.

    Can I screw directly into stucco?

    You won’t need to place an anchor into the pilot hole because stucco is a hard material and stucco screws have special threads. This step is optional for heavy-duty applications. The anchor increases the holding power.

    How do you hang heavy items on stucco?

    Stucco is a hard material that is applied to the exterior of a house, which takes the place of siding. Mounting a screw to this material will require making a hole, but a screw that is driven directly into stucco will not hold adequately and may fall out over time if not properly attached.

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