Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Brewster NY

Engineered lumber in Brewster 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 Danbury
203-546-6962
2 International Drive Danbury, CT, 06810
Danbury, CT
Ace Hardware
(203) 268-0342
246 Main St, Located in the old Frank's Nursery, Rt.25
Monroe, CT
The Home Depot
(203)730-9600
114 Federal Road
Danbury, CT
The Home Depot
(845)298-9200
1570 Route 9
Wappingers Falls, NY
Kmart 9414 / Cross Merch
(914) 243-3685
Rte 118 355 Downing
Yorktown Hts, NY
Fastenal- Danbury
203-792-2898
10 Federal Rd Danbury, CT, 06810
Danbury, CT
Ring's End Lumber/Bethel
(203) 797-1212
9 Taylor Ave Bethel, CT, 06801
Bethel, CT
B. Rose Hardware
845-446-2061
313 Main Street
Highland Falls, NY
The Home Depot
(845)279-9669
80 Independence Way SE
Brewster, NY
Jefferson Valley Mall
(914) 248-2500
600 Lee Blvd
Yorktown Hts, 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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