Easy Installation & Fixing

All Phoenix Foundry’s cast bronze plaques, signs, commemorative products and cast metal lettering are easy to install or fix to any surface. Your required fixing system will be specified by you when you place your order, and the cost of a standard fixing system is included in the price of your product.

Bronze plaques and signs are normally straightforward to install, and are usually mounted on a wall, base or other structure. The installation of more detailed or heavier bronze commemorative products, such as a large crest or honour roll, would be dealt with by Phoenix Foundry on a case-by-case basis.  

Various systems are available to ensure a practical, safe and permanent fixing is achieved for most plaques and signs:

 

Flat Back or Glue-able Strip

This fixing method is used for attaching standard burial plaques to beams or bases and cremation plaques to curbs, rocks or other horizontal or sloping surfaces. The plaque or sign is provided with a flat back to be glued to the supporting structure with a suitable adhesive such as silicone. Plaques or signs that have irregular backs are fitted with strips to provide sufficient flat surface for the glue.

 

How to use the Flat Back or Glue-able Strip Installation/Fixing Method:

  1. Check that the plaque or sign and base are flat to ensure no "rocking" occurs
  2. Glue the plaque or sign on the base using ‘Liquid Nails’, silicone or another suitable adhesive

Lugs and Studs

This fixing method is used for attaching standard burial plaques to beams or bases and cremation plaques to curbs, rocks or walls. It can also used for most house and commercial signs. The number and location of lugs is dependent on the size of the plaque or sign and base structure requirements. Lugs with threaded studs are cast on or welded to the back of the plaque or sign. The threaded studs (supplied separately) are screwed into the lugs. Studs are placed in the holes drilled in the base structure and are then fixed with adhesive.

 

How to use the Lugs and Studs Installation/Fixing Method:

  1. Screw the studs into the threaded lugs in the back of the plaque or sign
  2. Using the studs to locate points on the mounting surface, drill holes in the mounting surface slightly larger than the threaded lug
  3. Fill these holes using 'Liquid Nails', epoxy or another permanent mastic adhesive. Use a weak mortar mix if removal of the plaque is required at a later date
  4. Push the studs into the holes and anchor the plaque or sign until the adhesive sets

Screws

This fixing method is used for attaching standard burial plaques to beams or bases and cremation plaques to curbs, rocks or walls. It can also used for most house and commercial signs. The main purpose of using screw fittings is so that the plaque or sign can be easily removed and/or replaced. Brass screws placed in holes drilled in the plaque are used to fix the plaque to the base structure. Screws can be supplied with countersunk, round or ornamental heads which will be painted in the same background colour as the plaque.

 

How to use the Screws Installation/Fixing Method:

  1. Select suitable screws (Phoenix will supply them in the colour match to your plaque or sign)
  2. Position the plaque or sign and mark holes in its base
  3. Drill holes and plug if it’s a masonary
  4. Screw the plaque firmly in position
  5. Adhesive can be applied for added strength

Studs

This fixing method is used for attaching standard burial and cremation plaques to thin walls that are accessible from the rear (hollow walls). Brass pins or studs (4.5mm diameter) are welded directly to the back of the plaque and supplied with washers and a nut.

 

 How to use the Studs Installation/Fixing Method:

  1. Mark hole positions with the studs on the plaque
  2. Drill holes through the wall with suitable clearance 
  3. Fix plaque firmly with the supplied nuts and washers

Straps

This fixing method is used for attaching cremation plaques to niche walls. Bronze straps are welded to the back of the plaque which are designed to lock into a niche wall. A range of designs are available to fit any sized niche. Some designs also grip the ashes container when placed in the niche.

 

How to use the Straps Method:

  1. Apply adhesive to the back edges of the cremation plaque
  2. Set the strap so it will grip the edge of niche firmly 
  3. Place the plaque in position and anchor until the adhesive sets

Stake

This fixing method is used for placing cremation plaques placed in gardens or under trees. It is also an option for ‘Take Home’ Memorials and Pet Memorial plaques. The plaque is fitted with a bronze stake which is suitable for placing in the ground. The stake provides adequate support for the plaque.

Cast metal letters and numbers

Cast metal letters and numbers up to 75mm high have flat backs and are usually fixed with adhesive, but can have fixing pins on request. Letters over 75mm high have drilled and tapped holes into which threaded studs are fitted. These studs are supplied with the letters or numbers. This ensures that the product is secure and has a vandal-resistant fitting method. Larger sizes of lettering are supplied with a hollow back, which significantly reduces their weight and makes them easy to attach to any surface.



Flat Face                                   Recessed Face


With metal letters and numbering, it is very important to get the spacing between the characters right. Phoenix will always supply this product with a paper template to help locate fixing holes or areas for the adhesive to ensure that the letters and numbers are installed with the correct spacing and alignments.