Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Bayside NY

Engineered lumber in Bayside 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

Hudson Supply of Newark LLC
(973) 578-8333
135 Lafayette St, Penn Station and Devils Arena
Newark, NJ
Fastenal- Hicksville
516-942-2640
73 Bloomingdale Rd Hicksville, NY, 11801
Hicksville, NY
Morales Home Center Express
718-665-8380
2800 Third Ave
Bronx, NY
Bic Supply
718-330-1800
Brooklyn Navy Yard Bld131
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(212)888-1512
980 3rd Ave
New York, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 280-7885
2323 Jericho Turnpike, In Pathmark Shopping Center/Near Charlie Brown's
Garden City Park, NY
TANNER BOLT & NUT CORP
(718) 434-4500
4302 Glenwood Road BROOKLYN, NY, 11210
Brooklyn, NY
Woodlawn Supply
914-663-0900
772 McLean Ave
Yonkers, NY
The Home Depot
(201)271-1200
1055 Paterson Plank Rd
Secaucus, NJ
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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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