The nails I used for some reason have magically popped out . Why did that happen?
You will need a masonry drill bit to drill holes for masonry screws. Nails will not hold in brick or mortar. Here's a link for you:
Sam: maybe this will help!
You can not nail into bricks! You'll need to get a masonry bit to attach the shutters to the brick. Take careful measurements prior to doing the install so you don't end up with more screwholes in the brick than absolutely necessary.
you can use mortar to repair holes if you need . you have this.
Here are some tips for you
Use should use screws and a drill bit made for stone and brick.
Hi Sam: Well, you don't use nails :) What you use are masonry screws and, a drill with a masonry bit. Takes forever! :( And, you don't drill into the mortar, but into the bricks themselves. The mortar is not very sturdy and over time will fail and your shutters will fall off :( Bummer! Here is a site that tells how to hang stuff to bricks. They say it's o.k. to drill into the mortar, but I was always taught that that was not a good thing to do. Use your own judgment :