Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Bronxville NY

Engineered lumber in Bronxville 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- East Rutherford
201-804-2228
33 Rt 17 South East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
East Rutherford, NJ
Lowe's of Clarkstown
845-351-3500
100 Overlook Blvd Nanuet, NY, 10954
Nanuet, NY
Ace Hardware
(201) 768-7377
206 Pegasus Ave
Northvale, NJ
The Home Depot
(201)336-3041
450 Hackensack Ave
Hackensack, NJ
Cross County S/C
(914) 377-2100
Rte 87(Ny St) & Cross Ct Pkwy
Yonkers, NY
Tsigonia Paint & Hardware
(201) 435-0979
464 Communipaw Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Fastenal- Suffern
845-357-9515
11 Washington Avenue Suffern, NY, 10901
Suffern, NY
United Rentals/Stamford
(203) 327-0090
224 Selleck Street Stamford, CT, 06902
Stamford, CT
Ramsey Hardware & Paint
201-327-0433
14 East Main
Ramsey, NJ
The Home Depot
(718)641-5500
11220 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone 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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