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

Elbridge Ace Hardware
(315) 689-3218
237 E Main St, Big M Plaza
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Alpine Building Supply
315-497-1221
Route 38
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Moravia True Value Hardware
(315) 497-1966
102 Main St
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The Home Depot
(315)252-4540
1634 Clark Street Road
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Fingerlakes Mall
(315) 258-6300
1579 Clark St
Auburn, NY
Skaneateles Town Square
(315) 685-5748
61 Fennell St, 3 BLOCKS NORTH OF THE VILLAGE
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Ag Trac Llc
315-497-1650
1044 State Route 34
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Ferrara & Sons Bldg. Supp.,inc
315-568-9431
30 West Bayard Street
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143 Main Street
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The Home Depot
(315)484-7240
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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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