How do I avoid the lintel?

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Whatisbrick, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Whatisbrick

    Whatisbrick New Member

    Hi, so I'm trying to put up a curtain rod above a fairly wide window but I doubt I have a powerful enough drill to get through any concrete/metal. How tall/wide are the average lintels?

    There was a curtain rail already nailed in (by the original builder ~40 years ago most likely), about 3 inches above the top of the window, so would anywhere above that point be ok? I read that most curtains are added about 6 inches above the window so would that be a safer bet?

    This is my first time doing any household DIY so many thanks!
  2. hi, the lintels normally span 150mm past the edges of the window reveals
  3. Bobby Dazzler

    Bobby Dazzler Active Member

    These days I reduce the number of fixings and use a builders adhesive.
    The fixings are more to hold the curtain rail until the adhesive cures.
  4. Tangoman

    Tangoman Well-Known Member

    Given that you will likely want a central bracket otherwise they'll sag over time, I'd ask friends to see if anyone can lend you an SDS drill for a day - with the right tools it's a 10 min job.

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