Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber College Point NY

Engineered lumber in College Point 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

BRUCKNER LUMBER & BUILDING SUPPLY
(718) 585-8787
259 Bruckner Blvd Bronx, NY, 10454
Bronx, NY
GENERAL MACHINERY INC
(212) 226-7835
358 BROOME STREET NEW YORK, NY, 10013
New York, NY
Ace Hardware
(201) 768-7377
206 Pegasus Ave
Northvale, NJ
The Home Depot
(516)488-8500
600 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont, NY
Kmart 9420 / Cross Merch
(718) 430-9439
1998 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Hicksville
516-942-2640
73 Bloomingdale Rd Hicksville, NY, 11801
Hicksville, NY
LOWE'S OF ORANGEBURG, NY
845 613-6000
206 ROUTE 303 ORANGEBURG, NY, 10962
Orangeburg, NY
Kings Material Company Inc.
718-438-5232
3707 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
White Plains - A
(914) 644-1400
100 Main St
White Plains, 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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