Beaming Me Up!

Susan might dispute this, but I stand firm in my potential delusion that during the early stages of the demo when the bedroom ceiling came down it was my suggestion rather than rehang the 8-foot-plus ceiling we go vaulted, augmented with a couple decorative, non-structural beams going across.

I qualify myself as being possibly incorrect in laying claim to that awesome stroke of design genius, because when I have in the past Susan’s given me looks that can be interpreted as:

  • No, you didn’t
  • Fine, OK it was your idea (even though it wasn’t)
  • You’re getting annoying
  • Aren’t you going to be late for work?

Or all of the above.

The ceiling came together quite nicely but our contractor seemed to have forgotten about the beams because they insulated, drywalled and painted and left me in a huff at the oversight.

Thankfully Susan came to the rescue in researching options and it all came together with a company from Orange County she found that delivered an easy-to-install solution.

But it wasn’t over yet. The beams went in a few days ago and after my initial joy, my critical eye was pretty certain they weren’t straight. Sure enough, Wednesday morning I climbed up a ladder with a level and they were both almost identically waaaaay off — more than an inch lower on one side.. So I left the tool up there, propped up to illustrate the “level” of their crookedness with a note saying, in essence: FAIL.

That evening I came home and because the beams were almost as easy to remove as they were to install, I found them both fixed. Now all that’s missing is the ceiling fan in the middle.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."