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Helpful Tip Tuesday - A Strap Here, A Strap There

Helpful Tip Tuesday - A Strap Here, A Strap There

The right finishing touches can make a good project into a great one. Did I hear someone say \"Straps"? You use straps to cover end-to-end joints between beams. You can also use them where a beam butts into the side of another beam, where a beam meets a wall, and at intervals along a beam. The photos show some possibilities.

There are three kinds of straps.

Black Rubber Strap

The first kind is made of heavy black rubber with hammered nailheads molded into it. It comes in a roll, and you simply cut it to length with scissors and glue it in place. You can wrap it around the sides of a beam or use it as a flat plate. Use the wide strap with two rows of nailheads (model S-02) for big beams and for end-to-end joints. Use the narrow strap with a single row of nailheads (model S-01) for smaller beams and joints.

Universal Rigid Straight Strap

The second kind of strap is a universal rigid straight strap with molded bolt heads or nuts (models DS-412A and DS-412B). You attach them with small screws, which you hide with putty. Use a bolt-head plate across the bottom surface of two beams where they meet in a T. Or use a pair of plates, one with bolt heads and one with nuts, on opposite sides of a truss or similar joint.

Rigid U Strap

The third kind of strap is a rigid U made for a specific beam design (such as Rustic) and size. These straps have the look of wrought iron but are lightweight like the faux beams. Some designs include variations such as a beam-end hanger and a chevron-cut strap for the peak of a cathedral ceiling. You attach them with glue and small screws.

The right straps will make your project glow.

Rubber Straps

Straight Straps

Rigid U Straps