Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Auburn NY

Engineered lumber in Auburn 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
(315) 253-3410
299 Grant Avenue
Auburn, NY
T&K Lumber Co, Inc.
315-689-3005
170 Route 5 West Elbridge, NY, 13060
Elbridge, NY
Alpine Building Supply
315-497-1221
Route 38
Moravia, NY
The Home Depot
(315)252-4540
1634 Clark Street Road
Auburn, NY
Westvale Plz
(315) 488-1180
2214 W Genesse St
Syracuse, NY
Village Ace Hardware
(315) 834-2275
2701 Erie Dr
Weedsport, NY
Fastenal- Auburn
315-258-8054
360 Grant Ave Auburn, NY, 13021
Auburn, NY
T & K Lumber Company Incorp.
315-689-3005
173 Rte 5 West
Elbridge, NY
Valu Home Centers
315-471-1280
4671 Onandaga Blvd
Syracuse, NY
Fingerlakes Mall
(315) 258-6300
1579 Clark St
Auburn, 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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