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

Fastenal- Liverpool
315-451-3807
7184 Morgan Rd Liverpool, NY, 13090
Liverpool, NY
Vella's Do it Best Home Center
315-623-9786
45 Redfield St
Constantia, NY
Valu Home Centers
315-471-1280
4671 Onandaga Blvd
Syracuse, NY
The Home Depot
(315)484-7240
3756 Milton Avenue
Camillus, NY
Great Northern Mall
(315) 652-4800
4155 Rt 31
Clay, NY
Salt City Hardware
(315) 362-3254
325 Nottingham Rd
Syracuse, NY
T&K Lumber Co, Inc.
315-689-3005
170 Route 5 West Elbridge, NY, 13060
Elbridge, NY
T & K Lumber Company Incorp.
315-689-3005
173 Rte 5 West
Elbridge, NY
P-b Hardware, Inc.
(315) 776-4313
143 Main Street
Port Byron, NY
The Home Depot
(315)449-2920
5814 Bridge St
East Syracuse, 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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