Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Beacon NY

Engineered lumber in Beacon 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- Newburgh
845-564-1552
13 Jeanne Drive Newburgh, NY, 12550
Newburgh, NY
Webers Hardware & Paint
845-895-2781
22 Wallkill Ave
Wallkill, NY
Jefferson Valley Mall
(914) 248-2500
600 Lee Blvd
Yorktown Hts, NY
Newburgh Mall
(845) 566-2300
1401 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Poughkeepsie - D
(845) 471-9300
635 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY
Williams Lumber Inc
(845) 221-2751
908 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY
B. Rose Hardware
845-446-2061
313 Main Street
Highland Falls, NY
The Home Depot
(845)896-0824
450 State Route 9
Fishkill, NY
Kmart 9415 / Cross Merch
(845) 628-6247
987 Route 6
Mahopac, NY
Poughkeepsie Galleria
(845) 298-3700
2001 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, 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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