Cleaning, Caring, and Installing Your New Memorial

Installing a Picture Hanger or Garden Stake On Memorial Stone

Items Needed: Picture Hanger, Epoxy or Adhesive Silicone, Cloth

Step 1

Wipe back of memorial clean from any dust or debris using clean cloth.

Step 2

If your using Adhesive Silicone go to Step 3 If your using 2 Part Epoxy mix according to manufacturers instructions. Make sure you follow manufacturers warnings and instructions on handling adhesive product.

Step 3

Place a small amount of adhesive silicone or epoxy on the back of the memorial where picture hanger(s) or garden stake(s) will be. Be careful not to apply to much

Step 4

Place picture hanger(s) or garden stake(s) over dab of epoxy or silicone adhesive and apply light pressure to assure good bond between the two items.

Step 5

Clean off any excessive adhesive that squeezes out and let adhesive set according to manufacturers reccomendations.

 
 

Installing a Grave Marker Without Concrete

Step 1

Excavate an area the size of the grave marker allowing an extra inch of room on each side. The hole should be as deep as the thickness of the grave marker. The intent is place the top of the marker at ground level to allow mowers to pass over the marker.

Step 2

Place the marker in the hole. Use sand to level the marker and fill any gaps between the marker and sod.

Step 3

Clean the sand from the marker. This type of installation is only appropriate for small flat grave markers such as veterans' markers or small granite or marble markers.

***You can substitute mixing concrete by buying landscape pavers from a local landscaper or home improvement store (Lowe's or Home Depot)

 

 

Installing a Grave Marker Using Concrete

Step 1

Excavate an area the size of the grave marker, allowing an extra inch on each side of the marker. The hole should be as deep as the marker is thick, plus an additional 2 to 4 inches.

Step 2

Using a post hole digger, excavate a hole on each end of the excavation. The holes should be 6 to 8 inches in diameter and at least 12 inches deep. These holes will serve foundations for the slab that will support the grave marker. Add an additional hole, in the appropriate place, if you want the foundation to include a vase. A recess in the cement foundation for the grave marker is necessary to accommodate the vase. Use a coffee can or piece of pipe to line the recess for the vase. This prevents concrete from filling the area.

Step 3

Place reinforcing rods in the holes at each end of the excavation extending about 2 or 3 inches above the bottom of the excavation. A hammer can be used to drive the rods into the ground, setting them to the proper height. Place reinforcing mesh in the bottom of the excavation.

Step 4

Mix concrete 1, or 2, bags of a ready mix cement may be necessary depending on the size or depth that you set the marker. Place the cement in the excavation and level it at a point where the top of the concrete slab is the same distance below ground level as the thickness of the grave marker. Depending on the cement product, cure time can range from a few hours to 48 hours. Consult label instructions for specifics of the product.

Step 5

Place the grave marker in place using adhesive silicone spread evenly on the back of the marker then lay on top of concrete and tap the top lightly setting the marker. Use sand to fill gaps between the marker and the sod around it.

***You can substitute mixing concrete by  buying landscape pavers from a local landscaper or home improvement store (Lowe's or Home Depot)