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I came across your blog on a google search. I was looking for stale mantel installations and found yours! I was also very excited to see that you are located in Pittsburgh (and my favorite neighborhood that I -unfortunately- do not live in).
But anyways… I was wondering if you have any more information about how exactly you installed the mantel. Like: how did you attach it to the wall? I have read about caulk and plaster of paris, but am always looking for first hand accounts. Did you end up paying someone to install it?
We bought a slate mantel (also off craigslist) and want to install in our four-square. But I haven’t been able to find any craftsman in the area who have done this.
Thanks for any help you can provide!