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Question by  floriduhgurlie (20)

How do you build a mantle for a chimney?

I need to build a mantle for my chimney.


Answer by  worker2148 (144)

Measure your chimney's width. Choose either a treated or untreated 2"x6" board about 8" shorter than your chimney's width. Apply braces to chimney and board.


Answer by  laura27 (1216)

First measure the chimney width and find what style of mantle you want to build the mantle. After you do this, find out what kind of wood you'll prefer to use. Get treated or untreated 2"x6" board about 8", shorter than the chimneys width. Then put braces on chimney and board.


Answer by  Champ (552)

You're going to need morter, bricks, a general idea of what you're looking for, and a steady idea of concrete mixing. You'll need draw up a general schematic and design of what you want, open the windows before you build a mantle, as concrete mix and laquor can be dangerous if inhaled.


Answer by  drazon75 (35)

First off you need to find out what style of mantle you want then find plans to build this mantle. After you have this. find out want kind of wood you want to use.


Answer by  javaman09 (180)

A mantle must have a secure foundation to the wall. A 2x4 needs to be securely mounted on the wall first, so that the mantle can be mounted on it.


Answer by  lilraesdad (41)

Screw two decorative brackets to chimney. Drill holes for the screws into the brick with a masonry bit, then insert anchors into each. Lay a nicely finised board on top.

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