To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:
These directions will teach you how to install faux wood beams.
1.) Measure inside dimensions of a beam.
2.) Cut blocks of wood (not supplied) to fit the inside dimension of the beam.
3.) Lay out on ceiling where you want the beams to be installed (blue painter's tape is helpful for this step).
Or a chalk string line is helpful to position the blocks of wood in a straight line on the ceiling.
4.) Use a stud finder to locate where to anchor blocks of wood on ceiling. Mark where there is a good spot for mounting.
5.) If studs/joists are not where you want the beams to go, you may need to use mollies / anchors to attach the blocks of wood on the ceiling.
6.) Starting as close to the side walls as possible, attach the blocks of wood every 3-6 feet.
Align the blocks of wood with the chalk lines. It is preferable to mount them where the studs / joists are found. If it is not the case, use mollies as needed.
7.) Before measuring or cutting, we highly recommend that you let the beams sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours so they can acclimate to the temperature of the room. It's best to cut them a little long so they will be tight when installed in place between your walls.
8.) Check the cut size by dry fitting the beam in place.
9.) Use PL Premium Construction Adhesive on the edges of the blocks prior to installing beam.
10.) Slide the beam in place over the blocks of wood. Push it tightly to the ceiling.
11.) Use screws through the beam and into the blocks of wood on both sides of the beam and on all of the blocks of wood. Minimum of two screws per side.
Countersink the screws slightly.
The screws hold the beams in place while the glue dries.
Note: We recommend the use of deck screws as the thread pattern is made to go through finer, more tightly grained woods without splitting them and reduces the chance of any damage to the surface.
12.) Caulk the ends of the beams where they meet the walls (if necessary).
Fill in the screw holes with colored wood filler or caulk.
You are done!
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