Removing Faux Ceiling Beams...HELP!

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Old 02-04-08, 02:38 PM
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Removing Faux Ceiling Beams...HELP!

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I'm need of some help with a project i've started (removing faux wooden beams). My home (built in 64') has a formal dining room with three wooden ceiling beams. I went into the attic space to make sure the beams weren't running above the ceiling sheetrock, and had a structural eng check as well. We both agreed the beams are faux/decorative. The beams are attached with several nails to the joists. I went ahead and removed all the nails to one of the beams. I thought this alone would do the trick. It didn't. I tried hammering at the beam and it didn't budge. I need help!
 
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Old 02-04-08, 03:44 PM
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The usual way to do faux beams is to secure a 2x??(depends on the width of the beam) to a joist(s). Then side nail 1x stock into the 2x to make up the beam. Does this sound like what you have???
 
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yep, that is correct.
 
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Old 02-04-08, 04:00 PM
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let me be more specific. There were two nails (located on the bottom of the beam) at each end that went in to joists. Then there were single nails (located on each side of the beam) every 33inches or so.
 
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What nails did you remove?

There should be a lot of them on each side of the fake beam, close to the ceiling.

Can you supply a pic?

btw - welcome to the forums!
 
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Originally Posted by mrshikadance View Post
there were single nails (located on each side of the beam) every 33inches or so.
These are the nails you need to remove! Once the beam is gone you will see how to remove the 2x
 
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I'll take a picture and upload tomorrow. I've already taken out all the side and bottom nails, but the beam won't budge. I'm thinking about taking a taping knife and wedging it between the wood and the sheetrock to pry it off the ceiling.
 
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Old 02-13-08, 03:43 PM
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for welcoming me to the forum...I figured this one...Excited to get all the beams out and paint.

thanks again.
 
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When we install fake beams, we also used liquid nails. I don't know what kind of glues they had in the 60's, but that might be your problem. You could probably cut the beams down the middle, in sections and pull them down.

Good luck
 
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