Corbels are decorative elements that provide support to structures such as arches, balconies, and shelving units. Use wood glue to attach your corbels if you want to use them as accessories. Hammer nails into the wall and slide your corbels over top for a secure hold. You can easily hang your corbels with a few basic tools and supplies!
Method 1 Using Wood Glue
1. Place your corbels against the wall to determine where they should go. Arrange your corbels in the desired spot. If you want, mark your placement with a pencil so you can easily install them when you’re finished.
This prevents you from misplacing your corbels.
2. Place the corbels on a clean, flat surface. If you want to use the floor, cover it with a drop cloth or a piece of cardboard to prevent dirt and debris from getting on your corbels. Place the corbels so that the back edge is facing you. This makes it easier to apply the glue.
Place your corbels gently so that they do not get damaged.
3. Apply wood glue to the back of the corbel approximately every 12 in (1.3 cm). Working from top to bottom, apply your glue in dime-sized beads. Spread out your glue beads evenly, and add glue around the edges if you want extra stability.
Purchase wood glue from a home improvement store.
4. For 60-90 seconds, hold the wood glue up to your surface. Hold your corbel up to the wall after you’ve applied your wood glue. For about a minute, apply moderate pressure to the corbel against the wall. Then, allow your glue to dry for about 2-3 hours.
Your corbel should be able to stay in place with ease. Apply more wood glue to the back if it begins to slide.
5. After the first corbel is secure, use wood glue to hang the second. Repeat the process for the second corbel after you’ve installed the first. To avoid drying out your glue, work on one corbel at a time.
6. For a more secure hold, hammer in 1 nail at the bottom of your corbel. Choose a location near the bottom of your corbel and secure a nail to it. Attach the nail to the corbel and the wall with a hammer. Use a nail that is thick enough to penetrate both surfaces. This way, your corbel will remain securely in place. You can do this immediately after securing the corbel. After you’ve installed the nail, the wood glue can dry.
If your corbels are painted, you can cover up the nail with putty if desired. To conceal the nail head, place putty on top of it.
Alternatively, a nail gun can be used.
Method 2 Mounting Corbels on Nails
1. To determine where to hang your corbels, use a stud finder. Slide the stud finder across the wall where you want the corbels to be hung. Depending on your model, listen for a beep or watch for the light to flash. When the finder locates your stud, make a pencil mark to help you position your corbels.
It’s fine if you don’t have a stud finder. Instead, use heavy-duty wall anchors and screws. They are still capable of supporting the weight of your corbels.
2. If the corbels do not have slots, drill two holes in the back of each. Corbels frequently have keyhole slots on the back so that they can be easily hung on the wall. If your corbels do not already have slots, use your drill to drill two holes about 2–4 in (5.1–10.2 cm) from the top. Make sure your holes are parallel so your corbels don’t hang unevenly.
3. Check that your nail is the correct size for your keyhole or drilled hole. Before hanging the corbel, insert the nail into the slot or hole. It is an adequate size if the nail fits snugly. Because most keyhole slots are 316 in (0.48 cm), use a nail with a 316 in (0.48 cm) head.
If you use the incorrect nail size, your corbel may fall off the wall.
4. Mark the location of each hole with a pencil. Line up your corbels with your guidelines and make a mark on either side about where the hole or slot will be. Do this for both corbels to make it easier to hammer your nails in.
5. 4 nails hammered into the wall at a 45-degree angle Hold one of the nails up to one of the markings you made, and tilt the top slightly upwards to create an angle. Then, using a hammer, secure it to the wall. Continue hammering until approximately 14 in (0.64 cm) of your nail protrudes from the wall.
For each of your markings, hammer in a nail. Each corbel should have two nails installed.
When installing corbels over brick, use a drill, masonry drill bit, and tapcon screw.
6. Corbels should be hung from the nails. After you’ve secured all of your nails, align the keyhole slot or drilled hole with the tip of the nail. Place the nail inside the larger, circular section and slide the nail into place to use keyhole slots. To use drilled holes, secure one hole on the nail and gently lift up on the opposite side to align the nail. If you do this for both corbels, you’ll be able to add support or a decorative touch to your walls.
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