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  • #644774

    TopNotch
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    elmwood park, NJ

    I have a customer looking for a solid piece of wood over her brick fireplace.

    She doesn’t want a surround or corbels. How would you support it?

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #644779

    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    Use a French cleat. Its simple and in incredibly strong.

    This picture is a different type of mantle, but it uses the cleat method nonetheless. After hanging it, drop a couple of trim screws through the top to prevent the mantle from being lifted upward.

    Jon P.
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    #644799

    You could also install thread rod into the studs . Then drill a hole into your mantle beam .

    Always willing to learn .

    #644805

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    You could also install thread rod into the studs . Then drill a hole into your mantle beam .

    Also a great option, but a bit harder to get things lined up.

    Jon P.
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    #644816

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    The French cleat is a nice idea but I don’t think we’re going to go with a wide enough mantle to get a good grip on it.

    The threaded Rod is interesting this is a masonry fireplace but like Jon said it’s difficult to get it lined up

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    Tom M

    #644818

    Warren6810
    Pro
    Akron, OH

    You could also router out the back and hang a piece of angle iron. A couple of predrilled holes in the iron will give you something to screw through from underneath.

    #644826

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Oooo….. I like that Warren

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    Tom M

    #644829

    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Pro
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    depending on the thickness, a 2 x 4 bolted to the wall and then a recess into the back of the beam also. a couple screws noto the 2x work well. we have mounted a lot this way then they were built up up out of boards and the customer did not want other things visible.

    The angle would require less hollowing however.

    #644832

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    I’m not following Kurt??????

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #644835

    We have done the method Warren suggested and the way kurt said. Both are solid ways. Being all masonry some LDT’s or 1/4″ tapcons make for a solid connection.

    Andrew

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    #644840

    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    I’m not following Kurt??????

    #644858

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I’m not following Kurt??????

    The 2x would probably be easier than the French cleat now that I think about the logistics of it. Hogging out a recess in the back of the mantle would be straight forward for each until it came down to cutting the 45*. You could make the cut with a track saw, but in the end, you’d need a chisel and some time to finish up.

    Jon P.
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    #644898

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    a 2 x 4 bolted to the wall and then a recess into the back of the beam

    Very nice and clean way to mount it for sure. Good idea Kurt.

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    Fayetteville, NC

    #644931

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    I was also wondering about using threaded rod dowelled in both ends with epoxy. The epoxy would fill the voids. Definitely need some wiggle room to level.

    I need to look at Construction details of the chimney. I don’t want to rely on just the veneer and I don’t want to penetrate the firebox or flue.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

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