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Mounting Methods for Memorial Plaques

Memorial plaques can be mounted using the same methods used for any other cast plaque. The most often used mount for gardens would be either the stake mount method or wood or machine screws.  Memorial plaques for trees, would typically use the stake mount, although we have seen images where people have used wood screws and screwed the plaque directly to the tree (we have some concern for the health of a tree in this case). When used as a grave or cremains marker that is placed flat on the ground, we recommend a boss and stud mount.  Some people have even added a concrete pad under the plaque.

 

Concealed Mount

BOSS & STUD

Drilled and tapped bosses on back of plate. Threaded studs for concealed mounting to brick, stone or cement. Flat backed plates do not have bosses.

HOW-TO-DO-IT

  1. Screw studs into threaded bosses in back of plaque.
  2. Using studs to locate points on mounting surface, drill holes in mounting surface slightly larger than threaded stud.
  3. If wall is solid such as cement or brick;
    1. Discard washers and nuts. Fill holes using 'Liquid Nails', 'Epoxy' or other permanent mastic.
    2. Push studs into the holes and anchor plaque until mastic hardens.
  4. If you can get to the back of the wall;
    1. Insert studs through holes and have it held in place.
    2. From the rear, place washers on studs and secure with nut

ADDED COST - NONE

Rosette and Anchor Mount

MACHINE SCREWS & EXPANSION SLEEVES

Expansion sleeves for mounting to brick, stone or cement with optional rosette covers (see below).

HOW-TO-DO-IT

  1. Using holes in plaque to locate points on mounting surface, drill holes in mounting surface to accommodate expansion sleeve.
  2. Insert expansion sleeves into all holes.
  3. Insert screws through plaque and fasten into expansion sleeves.
  4. Screw on decorative rosette

ADDED COST - NONE

Rosette and Toggle Bolt Mount

MACHINE SCREWS & TOGGLE BOLTS

Toggle bolts for hollow wall installation with optional rosette covers (see below).

HOW-TO-DO-IT

  1. Using holes in plaque to locate points on mounting surface, drill holes in mounting surface to accommodate toggle bolts.
  2. Insert machine screws through plaque and screw toggle bolts onto machine screws.
  3. Tighten machine screws.
  4. Screw on decorative rosette.

ADDED COST - NONE

Rosette and Wood Screw Mount

ROSETTES & WOOD SCREWS

Wood screws for mounting to wood surfaces. Can also use optional rosette covers (see below).

HOW-TO-DO-IT

  1. Using holes in plaque to locate points on mounting surface, drill pilot holes in mounting surface if desired.
  2. Insert screws through plaque and tighten.
  3. Screw on decorative rosette

ADDED COST - NONE

Stake Mount - straight or 45 degree

HOW-TO-DO-IT

  1. Insert provided screws through rear of stake.
  2. Tighten screws into holes in back of plaque.

ADDED COST - ABOUT $70

Square Post Back Mount

HOW-TO-DO-IT

  1. Dig mounting hole in ground.  If concrete will be used, make hole a little larger.
  2. Make sure post is plumb in both directions (left/right and Forward / back).
  3. Pour concrete or tightly pack sand around post.
  4. Insert provided bolts through rear of post.
  5. Tighten bolts into holes in back of plaque.

ADDED COST - $100 to $200

Mounting Memorial Plaques under Trees

Many people have asked us about placing memorial plaques under trees or attached to trees.   We offer the following advice.

We have received photos of memorial plaques attached directly to a tree - that is, screwed directly to the tree.  Although we are not tree professionals, it our feeling that mounting a plaque in this manner may, in the long term, damage a tree.  It seems to be much better to use a garden stake (as shown on the left) and mount the stake at the base of the tree.
If the plaque you are mounting is larger than 12 by 12, a backpost like the one shown on the right is needed.  This can also be mounted under the tree.