Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Brooklyn NY

Engineered lumber in Brooklyn 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
Lowe's
(718) 682-9027
2171 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY
WHOLESALE BUILDING SUPPLY
(718) 871-4500
890 CONEY ISLAND AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY, 11218
Brooklyn, NY
Active Lumber
718-492-5000
6119 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's
(732) 734-2000
51 Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge, NJ
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Town Hardware Inc
(732) 388-3200
26 Westfield Ave
Clark, NJ
Allied Building
(201) 935-0800
15 East Union Avenue East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
East Rutherford, NJ
Dick's Do it Best Hardware
212-425-1070
9 Gold Street
New York, NY
Oriental Lumber Do it Best
718-386-8200
1154 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, 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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