Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Amsterdam NY

Engineered lumber in Amsterdam does everything solid-sawn lumber does, except better. It's stronger, lighter, straighter, and more stable. But working with I-joists and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is different than solid-sawn lumber, so check out these tips for getting better, faster results.

Local Companies

Lowe's
(518) 954-2400
4825 State Highway 30
Amsterdam, NY
Fastenal- Fonda
518-853-1088
25 Broadway St PO Box 544 Fonda, NY, 12068
Fonda, NY
LOWE'S OF NISKAYUNA, NY
518 382-8371
422 BALLTOWN ROAD SCHENECTADY, NY, 12304
Schenectady, NY
Gloversville True Value Hardware
(518) 773-3030
86-88 E Fulton St
Gloversville, NY
Kmart 3600 / Cross Merch
(518) 372-1273
93 W Campbell Rd
Schenectady, NY
Noble Ace Hardware
(518) 762-3658
130 S Comrie Ave, Eagle Chevrolet
Johnstown, NY
Lowe's
(518) 382-8371
422 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY
Fastenal- Schenectady
518-377-2112
801 Crane Street Schenectady, NY, 12303
Schenectady, NY
L. J. Hand Farm Center
(518) 922-8311
1431 State Hwy 161
Fultonville, NY
Lowe's
(518) 348-2940
476 Route 146
Halfmoon, NY

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Source: TOOLS OF THE TRADE Magazine
Publication date: March 1, 2003

By Scott Woelful

Engineered lumber does everything solid-sawn lumber does, except better. It's stronger, lighter, straighter, and more stable. But working with I-joists and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is different than solid-sawn lumber, so check out these tips for getting better, faster results.

Beams and Rim Joists. When you hang joists off a built-up center-span LVL beam (or flush header), check the widths of the LVL components. I've seen these vary as much as 3/8 inch from one another, which is enough to throw a top-hung joist hanger out of line. When the hanger is off, it's difficult to set the joist properly. To compensate for this we assemble headers and beams and then power plane them flush to flatten the top edge, before installing hangers and joists.

OSB rim joists can vary in thickness. Moisture swells them quickly, which can affect your joist measurements and slow you down. The best strategy to avoid this is to schedule delivery of your rim joist material just in time to use it, and keep it as dry as possible until it's installed.

Storage. Manufacturers recommend storing I-joists on edge. If laid flat on uneven terrain, they can take on a wobble. Using layout marks on your floor sheathing helps you keep joists in line as you lay the sheathing.

Cutting. You don't have to, but we find it's easier to use guides for cutting I-joists.

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