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) 786-3350
790 Loudon Road
Latham, NY
Lowe's
(518) 583-3777
10 Lowe'S Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY
Amsterdam Riverfront True Value Hardware
(518) 684-6100
1000 River Front Center
Amsterdam, NY
The Home Depot
(518)348-0158
4 Halfmoon Crossing Blvd
Halfmoon, NY
Kmart 9274 / Cross Merch
(518) 692-9608
1251 State Rte 29
Greenwich, NY
Lowe's
(518) 954-2400
4825 State Highway 30
Amsterdam, NY
Lowe's
(518) 382-8371
422 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY
Fastenal- Mechanicville
518-899-5835
2381 Route 9 Bldg 2 Suite 4 Mechanicville, NY, 12118
Mechanicville, NY
Tanner Lumber Inc.
(518) 883-3012
4 N Second Ave
Broadalbin, NY
The Home Depot
(518)388-9121
2500 Cambridge Rd
Schenectady, 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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