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House Number Installation

April 12, 2017

Why are house numbers important?

House numbers are a functional “little thing” that ensure packages and mail are delivered to the correct address; help friends, family and visitors easily find your home; and help emergency responders find the correct address in an urgent situation.

Where is the best place to install house numbers?

Visitors look for an address located on or around the front door so installing numbers in this area tends to be your best bet. Drive by your house before installing to be certain you’ve picked the most visible, natural spot. | Quick tip: Don’t forget to think about lighting! First responders need to be able to see the numbers at all times of day.

Installing numbers into a home’s brick surface can seem intimidating, but drilling directly into the mortar joints ensures you’re not just randomly drilling holes into the brick itself. | Quick Tips: Mortar joints are the spaces between the bricks filled with mortar or grout. Use a level to ensure the numbers are straight. Adjust, if needed, before drilling.

  1. Measure the numbers’ placement related to the mortar joints. Use tracing paper to trace the numbers before you drill holes.
  2. Tape the tracing paper to the surface & double check to make sure you’ll be drilling into the mortar joints & not the brick.
  3. Using the taped tracing paper, begin drilling directly into the mortar joints and insert plastic anchors to ensure longer lasting results.
  4. Using a cordless drill, screw/drill the house numbers into the plastic anchors. Brush off any excess mortar dust and stand back to appreciate your hard work!

When drilling into stone, it’s advised to use a smaller drill bit and be as precise as possible. Securing the numbers will require a silicone sealant. | Quick Tip: Consider using a clear-drying sealant for seamless style.

  1. Find the perfect spot to install the numbers and then tape them to the stone surface. Using a level, make sure the numbers are straight and adjust accordingly.
  2. Using a pencil, draw a small mark behind each number’s drill hole and remove the numbers from the wall.
  3. Drill into the pencil marks using a 7/8-inch bit, inserting the drill bit about an inch into the stone surface. Dab a bit of silicone sealant into each hole and insert the house number screws with the numbers attached into the sealant-filled holes.
  4. Tape the numbers back in place and leave taped to dry for 24 hours. Remove the tape and voila!

Stucco is a blended material made mostly of cement and installing house numbers on this surface is a bit trickier. Similar to stone, you will need a smaller drill bit and masking tape. Additionally, you’ll also need plastic screw anchors, a hair dryer and silicone caulk. | Quick Tips: The hole should be 1/8-inch deeper than the screw. Use masking tape to mark the depth on the drill bit to make sure you don’t drill too far or not far enough. Stainless screws don’t rust, so they’re your best bet to avoid rust stains on the stucco.

  1. Position the numbers and place masking tape behind the drill holes. Using a pencil, mark the specific drill spot on top of the tape.
  2. Measure the screws against the drill bit to mark how deep the hole needs to be.
  3. Drill into the surface, making sure that the drill bit is perpendicular to the wall so you are drilling at a 90-degree angle. Once each hole is drilled, use the hair dryer to blow away any stucco dust.
  4. Carefully squeeze silicone caulk into the holes, making sure not to add too much or else the caulk will be exposed. Place the plastic anchors into the holes and wait for the caulk to dry. Screw in the numbers and your work is done.

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