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Boss and stud mounting is used so as not to mar the surface of the plaque. It is also referred to as 'blind' mounting or 'hidden' mounting.


This image shows a "solid back" plaque. This type of back is usually encountered on smaller plaques (less than 24 by 24).

This image shows a "recessed back" plaque. This type of back is usually encountered on larger plaques (larger than 24 by 24) to reduce weight.

Boss & Stud

Not easy to remove from mounting surface.

Customer must purchase adhesive to mount.

Need to wait for adhesive to dry or cure.

This method require the drilling of 2 or more holes in the mounting surface.

(*) see drill steps below.

In walls that have a mortar joint such as brick or stone, we do not recommend drilling into the mortar joint. It is weaker than the wall.


A plaque with Boss & Stud mounting may be delivered with more hardware than needed. Hardware is sometimes provided for mounting on a surface where access to the back of the mounting surface is available Since we are addressing mounting to a SOLID surface, we will discard the hardware used for back mounting.

  1. The square plates (if provided) are not used – they are used only when the holes are drilled through.
  2. The nuts (if provided) are also not needed for the same reason.
  3. Normally, a tube of ‘liquid nails’ or an epoxy adhesive is used – you can get this at a local home supply store.
  4. Screw the studs into the back of the plaque. Make sure the studs go all the way into the holes in the mounting surface. In other words, dry fit the plaque to the mounting surface.
  5. Fill the holes in the mounting surface with the adhesive. Try to get adhesive all the way into the holes. You can even put adhesive on the studs – especially closest to the plaque.
  6. Place a bead of adhesive around the outer edge of the PLAQUE – along the outer rim (if a recessed back) or on the back (if a flat back).
  7. Push the plaque with the studs into the holes in the mounting surface. Some adhesive will ooze out of the holes. The adhesive on the edge of the plaque should contact the headstone ALL AROUND.
  8. THE PLAQUE MUST BE HELD IN POSITION UNTIL THE ADHESIVE IS DRY. Depending upon how high the plaque is on the mounting surface, you may use a 2X4 to hold the plaque in place until the adhesive dries. The 2x4 would be on an angle to the ground. One end on the ground, the other end, covered in thick cloth, against the plaque to protect the plaque.
    You use the 2x4 to wedge the plaque TIGHTLY against the mounting surface. Careful not to damage or dislodge the mounting surface.
  9. While the adhesive is setting, look at the outer edge of the plaque where it meets the mounting surface. If needed, use some adhesive to seal the edge against the mounting surface. Use a dry cloth to clean up any excess adhesive.

DISCLAIMER: The information presented on these pages is general in nature. It is up to the individual using this information to determine if it is applicable for their specific use. There are numerous variables affecting the applicability of this information for a specific use. We are not responsible for any damages, actual or consequential that arise from the use of this information.

The use of tools may be dangerous. It is up to the individual reading this guidance to determine if they have the ability to accomplish the tasks. Protective gear MUST always be worn and bystanders must not be allowed near the installation site. Drilling cement or other type of walls, chipping boulders or anything else is inherently dangerous.