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 OF HALFMOON, NY
518 348-2940
476 ROUTE 146 HALFMOON, NY, 12065
Halfmoon, NY
The Home Depot
(518)843-1275
135 Hanaford Plaza
Amsterdam, NY
The Home Depot
(518)388-9121
2500 Cambridge Rd
Schenectady, NY
Lowe's
(518) 348-2940
476 Route 146
Halfmoon, NY
Wilton Mall
(518) 583-8500
3065 Route 50
Saratoga Spgs, NY
Lowe's of Glenville
518-952-8789
93 Freemans Bridge Rd Glenville, NY, 12302
Glenville, NY
Crescent Ace Hardware
(518) 371-7100
135 Lapp Rd
Clifton Park, NY
The Home Depot
(518)782-9867
579 Troy-Schenectady Rd
Latham, NY
Lowe's
(518) 952-8789
93 Freemans Bridge Road
Glenville, NY
Clifton Park - D
(518) 383-6910
15 Park Ave
Clifton Park, 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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