Hanging mantle on brick-Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Attempting to hang a solid wood beam as my new fireplace mantle. Any ideas on how we do this? Hubby found an idea where we have to drill in to the fireplace down to the studs which seems over the top to me.
Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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q hanging mantle on brick
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  • Candy Walsh Candy Walsh on Nov 19, 2017
    You could use concrete screws to attach the mantle to your brick, I've used them to hang things on my brick fron porch.
  • Nancyvanwyck1 Nancyvanwyck1 on Nov 19, 2017
    If this is really a solid wood beam, it will be too heavy to be supported simply by bricks. Better to do the drilling than have the support fail and tear off the front of the fireplace.

  • Brent Baxter Brent Baxter on Nov 20, 2017
    I would attach corbels, either wood or metal with concrete anchors into the bricks then attach the mantel to the corbels.
    Lodi, Ca
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    • Brent Baxter Brent Baxter on Nov 21, 2017
      As long as he drills first and uses a good adhesive or lag screw anchors or both into the holes before screwing in the lags. The lag anchors expand keeping the lag screws from backing out. Adhesives helps keep them tight.
  • Steven Steven on Nov 20, 2017
    I agree with Nancy. If it's truly heavy use the anchors to the beams. That's what I did and have never had a problem.
  • Hubby is correct, drill into studs, I would also add corbels as Brent suggested, will give it a more finished appearance.
  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Nov 20, 2017
    We put up our mantle a few years ago, our fireplace is covered with river stones. On my husband's first attempt, one of the sides did not catch well and the mantle dropped on that side. Although some things on top broke, we were lucky there was no dmate to the fireplace of the mantle as it hung suspended from one side. On the second go around he used anchors that he drilled into the stones, making sure they caught in the back. It's been perfect since.