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Suspended Beams Over 10'

  • Wood
Beam(s) Wood Beam(s)
  • Wood
Blocking
2”x4” or 2”x6”
(for mounting) Wood Blocking 2”x4” or 2”x6” (for mounting)
  • Lumber Lumber
  • Mending/
Joining
Plates Mending/ Joining Plates
  • Joist
Hangers Joist Hangers
  • Toggle /
Lag Bolts Toggle / Lag Bolts
  • Wood Cutting
Saw with
Finish Blade Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade
  • 1 1/4” Deck
Screws 1 1/4” Deck Screws
  • Hand Saw
with Finish
Blade Hand Saw with Finish Blade
  • Caulk Gun Caulk Gun
  • Loctite® PL® Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive Loctite® PL® Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive
  • Color Complimenting Textured Caulk Color Complimenting Textured Caulk
  • Screw Gun /
Drill Driver
& Bits Screw Gun / Drill Driver & Bits
  • Level/Laser Level/Laser
  • Tape
Measure Tape Measure
  • Square/T-Bevel Square/T-Bevel
  • Straight Edge Straight Edge
  • Stud Finder Stud Finder
  • Utility Knife Utility Knife
  • Touchup Kit Touchup Kit
  • Small
Paint Brush Small Paint Brush
  • Painters
Tape Painters Tape
  • Pencil Pencil
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Clean Cloth Clean Cloth
  • Safety
Glasses Safety Glasses
24 Hours Before Starting
  • Acclimate all beams by storing them flat in the installation location (but away from moisture and direct sunlight or other heat sources) for at least 24 hours.
suspended beams
WARNINGS:
  • Be sure to obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.
  • Always comply with clearances set forth by the manufacturer of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat source.
  • Wear safety glasses during the entire installation process.
  • Our products may have screws embedded below the surface. We recommend using a hand saw (not power tools) when cutting these products. You may choose to locate screws with a stud finder. Barron Designs is not responsible for any bodily harm or damage to your equipment if power tools are used.




Before You Start
  1. Ensure surface is structurally sound and in good condition. Surfaces such as drywall should be flat and smooth to minimize gaps.
  2. Gather all tools and materials.
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Directions

Step 1

Lay Out the Installation

Tools:

  1. Square/T-bevel
  2. Pencil
  3. Stud-Finder

Establish where to install the beam and determine if there are studs in the location.

If the ceiling is vaulted, determine the angle of the ceiling using a square or T-bevel.

Step 2

Determine Installation Span

Tools:

  1. Tape Measure
  2. Ladder

Measure the length of the ceiling at the point where the beam is being installed.

Step 3

Create Support Beam

Tools:

  1. Mending/Joining Plates
  2. 2 x 4 Lumber
  3. Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  4. Wood Saw
  5. Deck Screws
  6. Square/T-bevel

Create the support beam by either cutting lumber down or joining equal lengths of lumber with mending/ joining plates to create a single beam that spans the installation.

Step 4

Determine Number of Mounting Blocks

Tools:

  1. Tape Measure

Mounting blocks will need to be added in pairs along either side of the support beam. Determine the number of blocks:

  1. A pair of blocks at each end of the beam A
  2. At least every three feet along the beam. B
  3. If using more than (1) decorative beam in a run mounting blocks must be used at the joint where the decorative beams meet. C

Step 5

Measure the Mounting Blocks

Tools:

  1. Tape Measure
  1. Measure the inside width of the decorative beam.
  2. Measure the width of the support beam; add 1⁄8”
  3. Subtract the support beam measurement from the beam inside width.
  4. Divide that number in half to determine the thickness of the mounting blocks.

Step 6

Cut Blocks and Create Support Structure

Tools:

  1. Lumber
  2. Wood Saw
  3. Tape Measure
  4. Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  5. Deck Screws
  1. Based on the calculation of E in Step 5, cut the appropriate number of mounting blocks determined in Step 4.
  2. Drill (2) pilot holes in each block.
  3. Screw the mounting blocks to the support beam. Attach a pair of blocks at each end (leaving only enough room to attach the joist hangers).
  4. Attach pairs of mounting blocks every three feet along the beam to create the support structure.

Step 7

Fit the Support Structure to the Decorative Beam

Tools:

  1. Joist Hangers
  2. Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  3. Level/Laser
  4. Toggle Bolts
  5. Deck Screws

Lift support structure to the mounting position to ensure fit. Make adjustments, if necessary. Mark the locations for the joist hangers. Mount the joist hangers.

Step 8

Make Adjustments to the Support Structure

Tools:

  1. Painters
  2. Utility Knife
  1. Set the support structure inside the decorative beam. Ideally you want about 1⁄8” clearance on each side between the support structure and the inside of the beam. Make any necessary adjustments.
  2. With the support structure inside the decorative beam, mark the sides of the beam with painters tape to indicate the location of the mounting blocks.

Step 9

Trim the Decorative

Tools:

  1. Tape Measure
  2. Utility Knife
  3. Wood Saw
  4. Square/T-bevel
  5. Painters Tape
  1. If the walls are straight, trim the decorative beam to length based on the measurement from Step 2. It is best to cut the beam slightly long (about 1⁄8”) to ensure a tight fit. (Figure A)
  2. If the ceiling is vaulted, use a square/T-bevel to transfer the angle of the ceiling onto the beam, then score and cut the beam. (Figure B)
  3. Raise the beam onto the support structure. Check that both ends are flush with the wall/ceiling. Adjust as needed.
  4. Wipe the support structure and the inside of the beam with the tack cloth to remove debris.

Step 10

Mount the Support Structure

Tools:

  1. Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  2. Screws

Place the support structure in the joist hangers and secure with screws.

Step 11

Dry Fit the Beam

  1. Raise the beam onto the support structure. Check that both ends are flush with the wall/ceiling. Adjust as needed.
  2. Wipe the support structure and the inside of the beam with the tack cloth to remove debris.

Step 12

Apply Adhesive

Tools:

  1. Caulk Gun
  2. Adhesive

Apply adhesive to the sides and bottom of the mounting blocks.

Step 13

Install the Beam

Tools:

  1. Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  2. Deck Screws
  1. Slide beam in place over the support structure.
  2. Slightly countersink (4) screws, (2) per side, through the beam at each mounting block to hold the beam until the adhesive dries.
  3. Remove painters tape.

Step 14

Touch-Up

Tools:

  1. Caulk
  2. Caulk Gun
  3. Touch-Up Kit
  4. Small Paint Brush
  5. Painters Tape
  6. Clean Cloth
  1. Apply color complimenting textured caulk to fill screw holes. Blend caulk into adjacent surfaces while it is still wet.
  2. Where necessary, apply caulk to joints and gaps.
  3. Use paint from the touch-up kit to paint over the caulk.