COMMUNITY FORUM

LearnAsIGoHomeowner

05:39AM | 11/11/02
Member Since: 11/09/02
9 lifetime posts
Bvmisc
We have purchased a home that has a huge floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The hearth is about 12" high, then it's stone to the ceiling, and it's 6 feet wide. The fireplace opening is 29" high and 36" wide. The stone is only about an inch thick, and I'm guessing it's cinder block behind them (my guess is because I've seen new housing developments putting up their stone wall entrances using this technique).

There are vents/cirulation fans to blow hot air into the room, but they don't work (we've checked and there's no electricity running to the on/off switch on the wall, but that could be a whole other post in the electrical area!). These vents are located 16" above the fireplace opening, but to the outside edges of the opening (so they are not directly over the opening).

Now the question part....Can I add a wood mantle over the fireplace opening by drilling into the stone, or will the stone crack? All I want is a big chunk of wood, very rustic looking, nothing fancy. Any suggestions on what size wood and how to attach it? (Think it would look funny to use column/supports on the sides due to the 12" high hearth...would make everything feel miniature size.)

Also,I would imagine there are some sort of recommendations for space between top of opening and the wood? Any ideas on what those are or where to find out?

Thanks for your help.

GlennG

04:45PM | 11/12/02
There are requirements for the size of the mantel and distance from the top of the firebox opening. They are as follows:

· 18” above the opening…..mantel can project 2 ½” from the face of the wall
· 20” above the opening…..mantel can project 6” from the face of the wall
· 22” above the opening…..mantel can project 8” from the face of the wall
· 24” above the opening…..mantel can project 10” from the face of the wall

Mounting will depend on what you find behind the 1” stone veneer. The stone veneer can be drilled but care must be taken not to crack it. Start with a smaller drill bit and work your way up to the size you need without using excessive pressure. Whatever method of mounting you choose to use it should go all the way through the stone veneer into the support structure behind. Care must also be taken not to hit the flu.

If there is masonry behind the stone veneer you might use #5 rebar set into the masonry and anchored with a heat resistant epoxy cement. Allow the rebar to protrude at least 2/3 of the width of your mantel. Then drill into the back of your mantel and slide it over the rebar using the same epoxy cement to secure it to the bars.

Another way would be to use 5/8" all thread rods screwed into expansion shields. Be sure to use shields that match the threads on the rods. Then mount the mantel similar to above using construction adhesive to secure the mantel to the rods.

Without knowing more about the actual construction you are dealing with I can not give you a definite method that will work for you. These are only suggestions or guidelines of possible mounting methods. The actual method you use may be different.

Glenn

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

If you're interested in more on snow removal, consider: Shopping for Snow Blowers Salt vs. Sand Quick Tip: Buying... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon