I need to hang a fireplace mantel over my fireplace. It is a slab of wood weighing approximately 60 pounds and is a little over 6 feet long. I need to attach it to a wood frame wall. There are 4 studs. The only solutions I can come up with are 1) to use hanger bolts and epoxy. The largest hanger bolts I have found on the web are 1/2'' and I will need them to be 8-10" long. However I can't find a place that sells them individually. or 2) use 3 foot 5/8" rods and epoxy and go all the way through to the outside.
Does any one have a better solution? Can anyone direct me to a place to get hanger bolts and are 1/2 inch hangerbolts large enough? Which solution is best?
Any assistance will be most appreciated. Thanks