How are fireplace mantels attached?
As with many other forms of mantle or shelf, a fireplace mantel can be commonly attached to the wall with screws or lag bolts. Bolts are screwed into the wall above the fireplace before a mantel is slotted straight onto it. A rubber mallet can also be used to help ease the mantel out of position if it’s stuck.
How do you support a heavy fireplace mantel?
The mantel needs to anchor to the studs in the wall above the fireplace. Drive 1/2- or 3/4-inch rebar rods or lag screws into pilot holes drilled into the studs. For best support, drive them all the way through the stud. Place one rod or screw in each stud behind the mantel.
How do you hang a heavy mantel on drywall?
Holding your drill at a 45 degree angle downward, drill a pilot hole through the shelf and drywall and into the stud. Install a finishing nail into each of the pilot holes with a nail gun or hammer; the nails must be long enough to penetrate at least 1 inch into the drywall. These nails will secure the mantle in place.
How high do you hang a mantel shelf?
Mantel Height: We recommend installing the mantel 4.5′ from the floor. This allows room for stockings during the holidays. Most housing codes and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) state that the bottom of the mantel must be at least 12” away from the top of the fireplace box.
How is a mantle attached to a brick fireplace?
Half inch holes are drilled with masonry bits through the fireplace bricks and reaching the wall studs to correspond with similar drills, using a wood bit in the mantel mounting at 16” intervals. Rebar rods or large screws are inserted into these half-inch holes to securely attach the wood mantel to the brick firewall.
How much weight can a fireplace mantel hold?
Combustible objects placed on or around the mantel must meet your fireplace manufacturer’s requirements for clearances to combustibles. DO NOT OVERLOAD MANTEL: THE MAXIMUM LOAD FOR ALL 60 INCH MANTELS is 150lbs. MAXIMUM LOAD FOR ALL 72 INCH MANTELs is 180lbs.
How do you attach a heavy mantle to the wall?
Slide Over Bolts Method
- Locate the studs behind the brick, stone, or faux veneer.
- Drive 1/2in lag screws through each of the studs.
- Have a helper support the mantel while you mark the location of the support rods on the back of the beam.
- Apply construction adhesive into the holes.
- Slide into place, admire, and enjoy!
How high should a wood mantle be above the fireplace?
about 12 inches
As a general rule, the mantel is placed about 12 inches above the fireplace opening. Then adding an inch to the distance for every inch that the mantel protrudes. So a mantel 6 inches deep, would be attached 18 inches above the firebox opening.
What is a normal mantel height?
Standard Mantel Height Again, “proper” height is relatively subjective to your fireplace, but average or standard fireplace mantel height construction is around 54” above the hearth’s floor.
How do you secure a mantel to a brick fireplace?
How to Install a Mantel
- Remove the old mantel.
- Add support by drilling holes for lag shields, then install lag bolts into the brick.
- Measure carefully and drill corresponding holes for the wood mantel.
- Push the wooden mantel carefully into place using wood glue for extra support.