If you have a massive dark fireplace that looks like something out of the Brady Bunch era, you may want to update it. This does not require spending thousands of dollars on a new fireplace. Installing a floating mantel refreshes the area for much less money. This sturdy mantel can hold collectibles and heavy items like a decent sized TV and entertainment components.
You will need:
• Fireplace mantel
• Lead sleeves
• 10-inch lag bolts
• ¾-inch masonry bit
• ½ -inch drill bit
• Angle grinder
• High temperature silicone
• Tape measure
• Masking tape
Step 1: Determine where you want to put your new mantel. The standard height is 60 inches from the floor. Measure with the tape measure and use the pencil to mark the grout line nearest the chosen height, making marks every 16 inches. Make each mark level, centered, and ensure the marks extend far enough to both sides to cover the desired length of the mantel.
Step 2: Use masking tape to mark the masonry bit at 3 inches as a guide for how deep to drill. Insert the bit into the drill and drill holes into each mark in the wall.
Step 3: Insert a lead sleeve into each hole. The ridges on these sleeves will grab onto the masonry when you drive the lag bolts into them.
Step 4: Inset a lag bolt into each lead sleeve and tighten it with the wrench to secure it. Cut off the head of each bolt with the angle grinder.
Step 5: Mark the rear of the mantel with the pencil to indicate where the lag bolts will hit. Be sure to make accurate measurements and marks so the holes align with the bolts. Drill ½-inch holes in the correct locations on the back of the mantel.
Step 6: Apply the silicone to the end of each lag bolt. Have someone help you lift the fireplace mantel into the correct position and push it firmly onto the bolts.