How to install a wood fireplace mantel?
One major perk of installing a floating mantel over a brick fireplace is that the mantel can help to brighten up a dark brick fireplace. You can totally Do-It-Yourself.
Here’s what you need:
- 2×4 wood beam
- Lag bolts and shields set
- Nails and screws
- Tape measure
These are the steps to take:
- With the drill, make long holes into the wall at the ends where the mantel would be hung. Typically, most mantels are often installed 60 inches above ground level. Mark out a spot that’s very close to the height you have chosen. Also, measure out every 16 inches and make marks on the grout lines. After this, use the drill to make holes at each mark. Be sure to mark out the drill with a tape measure at the 3 inches mark so that you’d know how deep you should go.
- Insert lag shields into those holes. After this, slip a lag bolt into each hole and tighten it. This would ensure that the bolts do not fall out when the mantel is installed.
- On the back of the mantel, measure and drill holes in such a way that the holes are like that on the wall. This way, the mantel would slide in perfectly onto the bolts.
- With screws and a hammer, attach each side of the 2×4 piece of wood to the wall. Make sure the positioning is leveled.
- Apply silicone to the lag bolts, lift and position the mantel onto the region the 2″X 4” wood is attached to the wall and then push it onto the lag bolts.
! Your floating mantel is ready! Be sure to give the silicone some time to dry