Installing Beam Straps

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:

  1. Tape measure
  2. Adhesive (for bonding to rubber)
  3. Pencil
  4. Pins
  5. Sharpie™
  6. Scissors
  7. Screwdriver
  8. Straight Edge
  9. Utility Knife
  10. Black Caulk / Wood Filler

Directions:

This page will show you how to complete the following tasks:

To find a matching strap for a certain beam style, go to that beam style page and scroll down. The straps will be right below the beams.

Flexible Beam Strap Installation

Carefully measure the width of the beam.

1.) Measure the width of the beam.

Measure out the center of the strap and mark a center line on the back.

2.) Find the center of the strap and mark a center line on the back of the strap.

Draw a line on each side of the center line.

3.) Draw one line on either side of the center line. The new lines should be half the beam’s width +3/8 inch.

Cut a pie shape where the strap will wrap the beam to create a snug fit.

4.) Using a utility knife, cut a wedge or triangular shape that is 3/16 inch deep (maximum) and 3/8 inch wide. Be careful not to cut too deep! This will allow the strap to fold around a tight or square corner. For larger radius corners 2-3 parallel smaller cuts are recommended. For very large radius corners, It might not be necessary to cut a wedge at all.

Urethane construction adhesive will help the beam strap stay flat and secure.

5.) Then apply 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch bead of urethane construction adhesive to the back of the strap. Make sure to put adhesive in the wedge to keep it centered. Do not apply adhesive near the edge.

Fold the flexible strap around the beam, making sure it is square.

6.) Fit or fold the strap around the beam and make sure the strap is square. Make any necessary cuts if adjustment is needed. Once the strap is in place, draw a line on each side of the strap ends using a pencil.

Use small nails to ensure a tight fit.

7.) Place strap on the bottom of the beam. Align strap on the pencil marks and press firmly on strap to adhere the adhesive. Nail strap on bottom corners first. Then nail off one side and then the other. At ground level look closely to see that the strap is flat. It may need a couple more nails to flatten. If the nail heads are showing, use a black “sharpie” and dot the head of the nail.


Installing Solid Straps

Note: Solid straps are specific to the Rustic beam. Do not try to mix and match.

Slide solid beam strap over the beam, making sure it moves freely.

1.) Make sure your strap slides over your beam freely.

Apply construction adhesive to the inside of the solid strap.

2.) Put Construction Adhesive on the inside of strap.

Place solid beam strap in the correct location.

3.) Slide strap over the beam in desired location.

Align screws with the holes in the straps and tighten.

4.) Put trim head or finishing screws through the holes of the straps.

Screw heads in the beam strap can be concealed with black caulking or filler.

5.) You can use black caulking or filler to hide screw heads.


Installing Straight Straps, Plates, and Hangers

Straight straps can be installed almost anywhere you desire on a beam.

1.) DS-412A or B Universal Straight Strap installs much the same way as the solid strap. However, the location of where you can use these is as limitless as your imagination.

Mount the complementary strap on the other side of the beam with the nut on one side and the bolt on the other.

2.) Because there is a nut side and a bolt side you generally want to mount the complimentary strap on the opposite side of the beam.

Urethane construction adhesive will help the beam strap stay flat and secure.

3.) Then apply 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch bead of PL Premium construction adhesive to the back of the strap. Do not apply adhesive near the edge.

Using a tool or small nail, start a shallow hole inside the screw hole.

4.) Using the screw opening in the straight strap, start a small hole in the beam.

Screw the straight beam strap into place

5.) Screw the straight strap into place. A black Sharpie™, black furniture marker, black caulk or filler can be used to cover the screw head.


Classic Strap Installation (S-01 and S-02 straps only)

Carefully measure the width of the beam.

1.) Measure the width of the beam.

Measure out the center of the strap and mark a center line on the back.

2.) Find the center of the strap and mark a center line on the back of the strap.

Draw a line on each side of the center line.

3.) Draw one line on either side of the center line. The new lines should be half the beam’s width +3/8 inch.

Depending upon your beam, you might want to lightly score the strap to allow it to bend more easily.

Urethane construction adhesive will help the beam strap stay flat and secure.

4.) Then apply 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch bead of urethane construction adhesive to the back of the strap. Make sure to put adhesive in the wedge to keep it centered. Do not apply adhesive near the edge.

Fold the flexible strap around the beam, making sure it is square.

5.) Fit or fold the strap around the beam and make sure the strap is square. Make any necessary cuts if adjustment is needed. Once the strap is in place, draw a line on each side of the strap ends using a pencil.

Use small nails to ensure a tight fit.

6.) Place strap on the bottom of the beam. Align strap on the pencil marks and press firmly on strap to adhere the adhesive. Nail strap on bottom corners first. Then nail off one side and then the other. At ground level look closely to see that the strap is flat. It may need a couple more nails to flatten. If the nail heads are showing, use a black Sharpie™ and dot the head of the nail or use a tiny bit of black caulk or filler to hide the nail head.