Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Astoria NY

Engineered lumber in Astoria 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
(718) 249-1151
118 2Nd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
LOWE'S OF ORANGEBURG, NY
845 613-6000
206 ROUTE 303 ORANGEBURG, NY, 10962
Orangeburg, NY
Brite Hardware Auto Parts, Inc
718-849-8121
112-15 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY
The Home Depot
(973)471-2111
103-179 Dayton Ave
Passaic, NJ
Kmart 9419 / Cross Merch
(718) 821-2412
66-26 Metropolitan Ave
Middle Vlg, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Herman's Has Everything
800-273-4376
1070 Linwood Street Brooklyn, NY, 11208
Brooklyn, NY
Active Lumber
718-492-5000
6119 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(973)680-8700
60 Orange St
Bloomfield, NJ
The Home Depot
(516)546-6280
160 E. Sunrise Hwy
Freeport, 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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