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How to Reinforce a Ceiling Beam

A step-by-step process for adding support to the center beam in the attic to keep a ceiling crack below from coming back.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Fasten Plywood Spacers

Fasten plywood spacers, or pads, on the ridge beam where you'll tie in each strap. This will help keep the vertical straps plumb.

Step 2: Install Straps

Install plywood straps in an alternating pattern -- half on one side of the beams, and half on the other for added support and strength. Use screws to hold the straps in place. Avoid using nails because the pounding could cause breakage.

install plywood straps in an alternating pattern