Hold the top cleat against the wall. Using a carbide-tipped masonry bit in a hammer drill, bore four evenly spaced ½-inch-diameter pilot holes through the cleats and into the brick.
Tip: Drill and screw into the brick, not the mortar. Brick is denser and will hold screws securely.
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Hammer drill with 3/16-inch masonry bit
to cut 2v4s
Comes in a kit with legs, a shelf, and interior trim.
to level the mantel.
3. 2x4 LUMBER
for cleats on which the mantel will hang. Two 8-foot pieces should do it.
4. 2 1/2-INCH-LONG 1/4-INCH CONCRETE SCREWS
for attaching the mantel to a brick chimney. If the wall isn't brick, use 3-inch decking screws to attach the cleats to the studs.
5. 2-INCH FINISH SCERWS
to fasten the mantel to the cleats. Finish screws (aka trim heads) have small heads that sink below the surface without the need to drill a countersink hole first.
6. 4d FINISH NAILS
to attach the edge molding.
7. WOOD PUTTY
to fill screw holes.
if you're painting the mantel, to fill gaps where it meets the wall.