Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Ballston Spa NY

Engineered lumber in Ballston Spa 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
(518) 382-8371
422 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY
LOWE'S OF COLONIE, NY
518 786-3350
800 LOUDON ROAD LATHAM, NY, 12110
Latham, NY
Mechanicville Co Living Center
518-664-7661
133 N Central Avenue
Mechanicville, NY
Amsterdam Riverfront True Value Hardware
(518) 684-6100
1000 River Front Center
Amsterdam, NY
The Home Depot
(518)782-9867
579 Troy-Schenectady Rd
Latham, NY
Lowe's
(518) 954-2400
4825 State Highway 30
Amsterdam, NY
Fastenal- Mechanicville
518-899-5835
2381 Route 9 Bldg 2 Suite 4 Mechanicville, NY, 12118
Mechanicville, NY
Crescent Ace Hardware
(518) 371-7100
135 Lapp Rd
Clifton Park, NY
Phillips Hardware
518-346-4383
1729 Union St
Schenectady, NY
The Home Depot
(518)843-1275
135 Hanaford Plaza
Amsterdam, 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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