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RuthL2

12:02PM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 12/18/06
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If anyone is familiar with these mantles, I need to know how to install it against the wall without drilling into/causing damage to the mantle itself. It measures 84"h x 58"w x 10"d, with a mirror in the mantle plate. And...it's all one piece.

Thank you.

k2

01:57PM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Just an idea. When I have had to hang heavy art works, I've attached "T" shaped brackets into the BACK of the frame. I can then screw the bracket to stud(s). Depending on how permanent you want the installation to be (and how much weight is bearing on floor), you might also be able to use a construction adhesive (such as Liquid Nails). (Whatever you do, you want it to be safe and secure.) If it's a permanent installation, you can use painter's caulk all around so that it looks built in.

Either of these methods (obviously) damages the piece to some degree--but is visible only to the BACK not the front. So neither might be acceptable depending on how valuable the piece is. If it's a valuable piece you might want professional help. But it might get some conversation going (?)... good luck

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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RuthL2

03:18PM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 12/18/06
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Thank you very much for your input. It has been duly noted, and I will pass it along to my husband, who is going to "supervise." Thanks again.

doug seibert

03:53PM | 12/19/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
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I think a French Cleat would work .....it's often used to-be-invisible while hanging heavy artwork......cabinets.....fancy paneling systems.....speakers

A single piece of wood the WIDTH of the mantle is ripped at a 45 degree angle.......One half is attached to the back of the mantle within the top third "bevel DOWN"......the Matching half is firmly attached to the wall/chimney at several locations "bevel UP"......

The two pieces rejoin when the mantle is hung......A spacer is also placed at the lower portion of the mirror/mantle/wall for the mantle to hang plumb .

A web search will show many examples......

You can also find the same IDEA expressed in metal........often used for art installations in museums

http://www.govart.com/hardware_cleat.html

"...measure once.....cut twice....throw that one away and cut a new one...."
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