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Below are guides on how to use our products. If you have a question which is not answered here please email

Fixing to Brick:

Step One - Drill a straight 12mm x 40mm hole into a solid wall

Step Two - Hammer the expansion socket into place, flush with the wall

Step Three - Firmly hit the centre of the socket a number of times to make it expand

Step Four - Fix the hold to the socket ensuring that it is unable to move or pull out. Note - you may have a number of different length bolts (longer bolts for deeper holds and shorter bolts for shallower holds)

Fixing to wood:

Step One - Drill a straight 12mm hole into the wood

Step Two - Hammer a T Nut into the back of the wood (available in our hardware section)

Step Three - Repeat steps one and two in order to create a good number of holes for placing your holds

Step Four - Secure the wood to the wall and bolt your holds on

Fixing climbing holds to a tree with Dynafix inserts:

Step One - Drill a straight 12mm hole into the tree

Step Two - Screw or hammer a dynafix insert (available in our hardware section) into the tree. Screwing in works best

Step Three - Make sure the insert is flush with the tree

Step Four - Bolt your holds into the inserts

Step Five - If you have holds with secondary fixing points ensure they are secured

Step 6 - Repeat

Fixing to a tree

Setting a Route:

Route setting is pretty simple once you get the hang of it, but a right pain until you do. Here at customholds, we have over ten years experience of route setting at walls around the London area and the south of England.

The best approach is not to worry about it, don't worry if it at first turns out to be a rubbish route because you can always change it later.

For the purpose of this little tester, we have simulated the board that is featured in our reader's wall section. The wall itself is 10 feet in height X 6 feet in width and at an angle of 20 degrees.

Stage one:

Start with your blank canvas or in this case your blank wall. At this point you should have all your t nuts in place, in some sort of pattern or grid.

Stage two:

Select the holds you want to use for the route, for this purpose we are using the set of flatties. The flatties all have good edges on them, making for an easy route. Make sure you have enough holds for the route and a few spare. One thing not to do is to lay hundreds of holds out, this will only confuse matters. By using one set of holds the same, you will end up with a pretty consistent route.

Stage three:

Now you are ready to start setting.

It's a good idea to have a reasonably good hold as your start hold and a good hold as your finish. You don't want to be falling from the last hold after doing your problem do you?

It's best to use some sort of creative visualisation. By this we mean visualise your route before putting the holds on. When you have an idea for a route in your mind, you are ready to start putting your holds on the wall. Don't over tighten the holds at this point.

Once you have all your holds on the wall, stand back and take a look at what you have done. Visualise yourself going through the moves. If you think you have it right then go tighten your holds up and try the route. At this point you can tweak and turn those holds you are not happy with.

Don't get too hung up on the route. A lot of people start by putting a hold on the wall, then they pick out their next hold, put this one on the wall then try that move. If it works they then put on the next hold and try that move. Then go back to the start and try both moves. Then put another hold on, until eventually the route is completed. You get the picture. This approach seldom works, and you will be there all night setting one route.



How to tighten a hold:

This Section only applies to our holds, and guidance should be sought if you are unsure of trying to mount holds bought from other companies. Please do not use torque wrenches of power drills to tighten the holds, as they may break under these types of torque. We recommend that our holds should be hand tightened

With your board, drill a 13mm hole in it with a drill bit, If unsure then contact a qualified builder. We Recommend that you use 18mm ply for your wood.

Once the hole is drilled then place your T nut in the back of the board.

Now place the bolt into the hold and then place that by hand into the hole you have just drilled. Then with your T-bar You can tighten the hold.

If you are unsure about any of these steps then please call us or drop us an email.


Below are a list of frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered please contact us

Q: Can your holds be fixed to brick?

A: Yes, our bolt on holds can be fixed to brick using Expansion sockets available in the hardware section. Screw on holds are not so good on brick but can be fixed using a standard raw plug

Q: What are the best holds for a child?

A: All our child friendly holds can be found here

Q: What are all the different types of holds?

A: All types of holds are explained on this page

Q: Are your holds ok to be used outside?

A: Yes, all our holds can be used outside

Q: How many holds do I need?

A: A good basic coverage is five holds per square metre. However this should be increased for children. For a traverse 10 holds per metre is plenty

Q: What is the best way to go about building my wall?

A: There is a basic overview of fixing to wood and brick on our how to page. Some more detailed information can be found at the following links: Building a campus board , Building a climbing wall







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