Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Binghamton NY

Engineered lumber in Binghamton 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
(607) 770-9800
225 Sycamore Road
Vestal, NY
Comfort True Value Hdw
(607) 656-9621
45 Genesee St
Greene, NY
Home Central
(607) 687-3284
151 Central Ave
Owego, NY
Kovarik True Value Hardware
(607) 729-0802
276 Clinton St
Binghamton, NY
Oakdale Mall
(607) 798-6000
Rt 17 Expy Exit 70
Johnson City, NY
Lowe's
(607) 762-1000
1318 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY
Valu Home Center
607-687-6800
Rt 17C P & C Plaza
Owego, NY
88 - B.c. Building Supplies Inc.
(607) 693-3200
#165 State Highway 7
Nineveh, NY
Greggs True Value
(607) 692-4544
Whitney Point Plz -rt 11 North
Whitney Point, NY
Kmart 7375 / Cross Merch
(607) 754-5920
527 Endicott Plaza
Endicott, 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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