Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Canandaigua NY

Engineered lumber in Canandaigua 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
(315) 903-9962
1605 Macedon Parkway
Macedon, NY
Lowe's of Waterloo
315-781-9000
3030 Sessler Drive Geneva, NY, 14456
Geneva, NY
Secor Do it Best Hardware
315-332-2124
800 W Miller St., Ste B
Newark, NY
Clifton Springs Hardware Inc
(315) 462-2826
6 W Main St
Clifton Springs, NY
Kmart 7608 / Cross Merch
(585) 223-8310
10 Cobblestone Court Dr
Victor, NY
Bristol Valley Hardwoods of Rochester
585-229-5695
4054 Bristol Valley Road Route 64
Canandaigua, NY
Lowe's of Macedon
315-903-9962
1605 Macedon Parkway Macedon, NY, 14502
Macedon, NY
Wilcox Lumber Do it center
585-374-2580
212 South Main Street
Naples, NY
Victor Coal & Lumber Inc
585-924-3033
32 School Street
Victor, NY
Careys True Value
(315) 536-4111
143 Seneca Street
Penn Yan, 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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