Trouble installing curtain brackets onto a batten

25 Apr 2011
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I'm trying to install curtain brackets onto a batten that's already up above the window however, the screws don't go straight through. Should I
a) drill a hole further into the wall for the screws to go in or
b) drill a larger hole to insert a wall plug or
c) get shorter screws (will it support the brackets & rod?)

Many thanks
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You don't say how thick the batten is but I would suggest you should have at least 1" of any screw into it. It is surprising how strong a short screw is when fixed into timber.
If your batten is thinner that 1" then I would recommend drilling through, just far enough so that you can insert a 6mm(red) or 7mm(brown) plug and use suitable length screws.

You could, as you say, use a 3mm masonry bit through the batten just deep enough to pilot the tip of the screw into the wall.

I presume the batten is solidly fixed.
The batten is about 1.5 cm - the screws 3 cm -well below an inch, if the timber is strong as you say, I'll just try shorter screws.

Thanks for the replies.
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He was referring to misterhelpfulls post. 15mm will be fine, or last occupier would not have used it.

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