How to Drill a Hose Rack Into Stucco Walls Like a Pro (the First Time!)

Drilling into stucco isn’t as scary as it seems! Not gonna lie, I was terrified. However, I was motivated by my garden hose that’s been stored on our pretty brick floor for close to nine years. Nottagood look. 

My first attempt to hang a hose rack turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Truth be told, my first spot turned out to be a lemon (more on that later). The beauty of stucco is it’s just that: stone. Just patch and repaint, baby!

How To Drill Hose Rack Into Stucco Walls Like a Pro (the First Time!) | DIY-Projects | JessicaBrigham.com


  • Hose Rack, spray painted black
  • Hardware:
    • Hex Bolts, 5/16″
    • Wall Anchors, 5/16″
    • Washers + Spring Washers
  • Impact Driver Drill
  • Masonry Drill Bit, 3/16″
  • Masonry Drill Bit, 5/16″
  • Socket Wrench
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Stud Finder



First, find a hose rack that meets your needs. Initially, I’d picked out a really cute hose holder featuring a wheel and crank. 

Knowing the way we operate at the Brigham Craftsman, I soon realized this design would be underutilized and my garden hose would be where it started—on the floor. I sold that cutie and found a hose rack to hold a basic loop. It’s perfect.

How To Drill Hose Rack Into Stucco Walls Like a Pro (the First Time!) | DIY-Projects | JessicaBrigham.com

Once you find the perfect design, gather the necessary hardware. I recommend using hex bolts with both washers and spring washers to ensure a lasting, snug fit. 

Mark the hose rack placement with painter’s tape and a pencil. Head inside to see if you can spot a stud in the area. This may or may not work, but catching a stud is always a good thing.

If you know whatimsayin’. Haa-haaay now!


Set the impact driver on the drill function. Make a pilot hole with a 3/16″ masonry drill bit. This extra step aids in breaking through stucco quicker and more efficiently before sizing up.

Next, swap to the 5/16″ masonry drill bit (wall anchor size) and drill through. Hammer the wall anchors in and you’re officially ready to hang your hose rack!

With a socket wrench, secure the 5/16″ hex bolts with the washer and spring washer into place. Wrap your garden hose ‘round and admire your handiwork. 

So, gonna give stucco a-go?

How To Drill Hose Rack Into Stucco Walls Like a Pro (the First Time!) | DIY-Projects | JessicaBrigham.com

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  1. This is a fantastic guide for anyone looking to hang a hose rack on their stucco walls without calling in a professional! The step-by-step instructions with clear pictures make the process seem very manageable, even for someone like me who isn’t the handiest.

    I particularly liked the point about using spring washers to prevent the screws from loosening over time. It’s those little details that can make a big difference.

    One question I had is about choosing the right wall anchors for different stucco types. The article mentions using 5/16″ wall anchors, but are there different sizes or types of anchors recommended for thicker or thinner stucco applications?

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      The anchors were chosen to suit the bolts that were needed to install the hose rack!

  2. Hey Jessica! Super helpful for all those Do it yourselfers! I was wondering if you used any sealant, to keep water from seeping into your home over the bolts? If so, what kind?

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Nope! No problems since.

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