Installating Beam Vacuum new home. Ducting at framing stage.

New Home Installation

For a new home, the window of opportunity to get the ducting installed, is a relatively short period during the total time of the construction.

  • Installation in new homes can be quoted from your plans.  Our Agents/Dealers will discuss your specific needs with you.
  • Normally we give a couple of options, a complete System installed with different Power Units and an option for the installation of ducting only.
  • Usually the cost to get the ducting installed is about 1/3 of the cost of a full System, depending on the complexity of house being built.
  • The ducting for the system is installed at the framing stage of construction.

A new home in Tamahere. The building has just been wrapped and the roof is on. This is the time now to get the ducting installed for the Beam Central Vacuum System.
Design of Beam System ducting, shown on floor plan of new house.
A copy of a floor plan for a new house. See positions for Hose wall Inlet valves, Vacpan in the kitchen and position of Beam Power Unit in garage

Sometimes, due to the design of the building, sections of the ducting have to be progressively installed as the project takes shape. 

  • For example, a section of the ducting may be required to be installed under a concrete floor.
  • Make sure you let your LBP Builder, who is in charge of the project, know that you are going to install a System.
  • It is important that our installer plans with the builder, when the ducting should be installed. 
  • The builder will call our installer at the agreed time, usually at the same time as the Electrician and Plumber and before any wall linings are fitted.

The window of opportunity to get the ducting installed, is a relatively short period during the total time of the construction.

  • Ask our installer if you can walk around the property with him to make sure that you are happy with where the final positions of the wall Hose Inlets valves will be installed.
  • You don’t want Inlet valves in positions which might interfere with where you want to place furniture or your favourite fish tank, for example.
Photo shows the back plate set-up, for a Hose Inlet valve in a timber framed wall.

The number of Inlet valves required is dictated by the size of the house. 

  • You need to be able to adequately cover the total floor area of the house when vacuuming with a 10 metre hose. 
  • You don’t want to have to shift furniture, to do a corner of a room.
  • Remember, with the wand on the end of the hose, you have about another 0.6 metre reach.
  • Our installer will work closely with your Builder. 
  • We have to make sure that our installation meets the requirements of the build and of the local Council.

The Inlet valves are normally installed at the same height as the electrical power points. 

  • Our installer will put a cover plate on them.
  • The builder then installs the wall lining around this plate.  Once the property is finished and decorated they are removed and the finish valves are installed.

Hose wall Inlet valve, installed in a wall, constructed of concrete-filled polystyrene block.

Close up of the wall fitting for Hose Inlet valve.

In this case, the wall is constructed of a concrete-filled polystyrene block. 

  • Our Beam Installer has chased out a grove in the polystyrene of the block and has run his pipe down the chase, to the Inlet position. 
  • The wall is gibbed, then the Inlet valves are installed.   It is very important that all the building regulations are considered.


  • Steel top plate strengtheners are required on any supporting walls if the top plates have holes drilled through them.
  • The final position of the Beam Power Unit is decided by the owner of the property.
  • Often they go in an attached garage, however, if not, they must be installed in a dry position, away from weather conditions.

Close-up of strengthening plate that is required when we drill through supporting top plates.


Position in the garage for Power Unit. Note, the terminal duct for the system, ducting for exhaust of machine and plenty of timber to support Power Unit.

Provision must also be made if you want the Power Units exhaust to be directly vented outside.

  • Often this is done down through the soffit or wall penetration.
  • This has to be designed and must meet the building regulations.
  • If Vacpans or WallyFlex’s are required, branches of ducting, to these positions are built from the main ducting line. 
  • This enables these accessories to be fitted at a later stage of the build.
  • Extra timber is placed in the wall where the Power Unit will be installed. 
  • This means that there will be a strong position on the wall to hang the unit. 

When the house is finished or when the priority is right, we will commission the System for you. 

  • This includes hanging the Power Unit, installing the Hose Inlet valves, testing the System and demonstrating to you, how to operate it.
  • We can also set up your hose hanger on the wall, in the position where you want to store your hose.
  • For tidy storage, care of the hose and ease of use, the hose is best stored, hanging in 3 big loops.
  • Because the hose is only a lightweight, it is easy to lift it off the hanger with one hand.


When you start to clean, move to the center of the area that you want to clean and place the loop of hose on the ground. 

  • Plug the end of the hose into the Wall Inlet. 
  • Move back to the hose, fit the wand and floor tool to the handle of the hose, then move to the farthest most position in the room and start vacuuming back towards the wall Inlet.
The photo shows a Hose stored in a tall narrow cupboard in the laundry of a property.

A Vacpan or Vacport is installed from a branch of ducting from the main ducting line.

  • A ducting dropper is installed in the wall of the kitchen and a section of flexible hose is attached to the bottom of it.
  • If it is to be installed in the toe-step of the kitchen joinery, the liner needs to have a hole cut in it to accommodate the Vacpan.
  • There are a variety of Hose Wall Inlet valves available, see below a typical finish installation. 
  • The valve at the bottom of the stairs will enable the stairs to be vacuumed easily as the hose will trail up behind the person cleaning.

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