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Powdery Walls and Brickwork Falling Apart?! (brickwork expected)

Postby Toppy247 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:24 am

Amateur DIYer and first time poster here. Have put up dozens of mirrors, shelves, other wall fixtures etc without issue. Including in my new house (bog standard 1930s semi).

This time, expecting the usual hard work going into solid brick wall, not only did the drill bit sink straight in but the wall practically fell apart around it.... mounds of powdery dust, holes ended up a mess, raw plug useless etc. Tried two (of three) holes and happened both times.

Clearly not going into the red brick I was expecting. It's the chimney breast but the one in the room above was fine when hanging a tv bracket.

Anyone got any ideas a) what the problem is? And b) how I proceed from here...??

Thanks, T.
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