Mounting Your Beam to Brick/Stone Veneer/Drywall
**PLEASE NOTE: If your fireplace mantel will be mounted onto drywall or a fireplace that already has brick or stone veneer on it, or another masonry wall, you will need to have your mantel notched.
Locate on your wall where you want your mantel to rest and mount a 2x4 or 2x6 (depending on the size of the mantel) on the wall into studs. The entire weight of the beam will be on the 2x4 (or 2x6), so be sure that it is well secured. Place your mantel on the 2x4 (or 2x6) and screw from the top of your mantel down into the 2x4 (or 2x6). We suggest using 3 to 4 screws from the top and 2 screws from the bottom up. For brick/stone veneer or any other masonry wall, use mason screws plus construction glue to mount the 2x4 (or 2x6) on the wall.
Mounting Your Beam To Stonework At a Future Date
**PLEASE NOTE: If your fireplace mantel will be mounted to a wall where stone/brick that still needs to be installed, you do not have to have your mantel notched.
To mount your mantel to a wall where stonework will be installed at a later date, we recommend using steel straps on your mantel. Our straps come in a set of 3 and are pre-drilled with holes every 2 inches. The straps are screwed to the back of the beam, with one hole extending below the beam and 2 to 3 holes extending above the beam. We suggest that you use one strap per 25 pounds (example: 4 straps for a 100 pound beam). Locate the wood framing on the wall and attach straps using 3 to 3.5 inch screws.
**HINT: To keep from burying your mantel in the stone, you can build out the back of your mantel by adding a 2x8 board to it. Then you would attach the straps to the 2x8 and mount as described above. This allows more of the beam to protrude above your fireplace. The stonework then goes around the mounted mantel.