What Is a Flush Beam?

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A flush beam is a header beam that lies flush against ceiling beams, and it is held in place by joist hangers. Discover how a flush beam can be used to make the installation of duct work easier with help from a professional carpenter in this free video on home improvement and ceiling beams.

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Hi I'm Steve Anthony, I am a handyman here in New York City. What is a flush beam? Well a flush beam in its most basic explanation is also is a header beam. It's at the same level as ceiling beams. It's flush with ceiling beams, hence the name flush beam. And it's held in place by joist hangers. It's not the strongest kind of beam that you can use, a cantilevered beam is stronger, because it is supported by uprights as opposed to being attached. But it can make it easier for installation of duct work, heating, electrical, that sort of thing. And in most situations where you will find a flush beam a lot of times it's used in building decks, raised decks, or stairway landings, that's the most common uses for flush beams. And again though they are not as strong as cantilevered beams, sometimes it's just not practical to use a cantilevered beam or space allowance is just not there. You are adding to an existing structure something of that nature. It's a lot easier to install a flush beam using the joist hangers between the joist. If you are a home owner, you are doing a remodeling project, and you find the need to install some sort of a beam system you should really talk to a licensed contractor. Have them come a take a look at your situation, give you an overview of the options that are available to you. Some things can be done very easily by the homeowner, and other things may require the touch of a professional. It's a up to you.

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