Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Baldwinsville NY

Engineered lumber in Baldwinsville 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

Skaneateles Town Square
(315) 685-5748
61 Fennell St, 3 BLOCKS NORTH OF THE VILLAGE
Skaneateles, NY
Gravina Gardens & Ace Hardware
(315) 457-8585
4850 Buckley Rd
Liverpool, NY
Nightingale True Value
(315) 433-5150
3525 James St
Syracuse, NY
Great Northern Mall
(315) 652-4800
4155 Rt 31
Clay, NY
Westvale Plz
(315) 488-1180
2214 W Genesse St
Syracuse, NY
Salt City Hardware
(315) 362-3254
325 Nottingham Rd
Syracuse, NY
Village Ace Hardware
(315) 834-2275
2701 Erie Dr
Weedsport, NY
City True Value Hardware
(315) 476-0436
214 S Geddes St
Syracuse, NY
The Home Depot
(315)622-0702
3861 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Kmart 3352 / Cross Merch
(315) 652-4494
8007 Oswego Rd
Liverpool, 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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