Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Clifton Park NY

Engineered lumber in Clifton Park 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

Harvey Industries
(518) 862-1490
4253 Albany Street Albany, NY, 12205
Albany, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-465-8861
292 Central Avenue
Albany, NY
The Home Depot
(518)348-0158
4 Halfmoon Crossing Blvd
Halfmoon, NY
The Home Depot
(518)388-9121
2500 Cambridge Rd
Schenectady, NY
Colonie Ctr Mall
(518) 454-3000
1425 Central Ave
Albany, NY
Lowe's
(518) 583-3777
10 Lowe'S Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY
LOWE'S OF COLONIE, NY
518 786-3350
800 LOUDON ROAD LATHAM, NY, 12110
Latham, NY
Amsterdam Riverfront True Value Hardware
(518) 684-6100
1000 River Front Center
Amsterdam, NY
The Home Depot
(518)581-6480
3043 Route 50
Saratoga Springs, NY
Wilton Mall
(518) 583-8500
3065 Route 50
Saratoga Spgs, 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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