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I am often asked this question: When anchoring something into a brick wall is it better to install the anchor in the brick or the mortar?
I could answer it by saying it depends but in most cases it is better to anchor into the mortar joint. Brick is sometimes soft and can crumble or hard and it can crack with the use of a hammer drill. If something does go wrong and the brick cracks you have a problem. If something goes wrong in the mortar joint it is easy to repair. So drill the hole with a hammer drill into the mortar joint, before inserting the anchor put some silicone or epoxy filler in the hole and set the anchor. This will insure a snug and permanent fit.
In colder months many use portable heaters for comfort. We also use them by turning down the thermostat and use the portable units to keep one room warm and save money. Not a bad idea. Now you can use a device to cool and room in the summer. It is not a portable air conditioner but rather an evaporative cooling unit. They are portable and can be moved from room to room or even used outside on a deck or screen porch. If you are familiar with a swamp cooler this is the technology. Small light weight and use where needed. It can drop the temperature in a room or outdoors by 15 degrees. Perfect for an upstairs of a home that is just too hot.