Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Coram NY

Engineered lumber in Coram 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

Roberts Plywood Co.
800-422-4944
45 North Industry Court
Deer Park, NY
UNIVERSAL TOOL
(631) 281-4147
1175 MONTAUK HIGHWAY MASTIC, NY, 11950
Mastic, NY
Islip True Value Hardware
(631) 581-0951
445 Main St
Islip, NY
The Home Depot
(631)732-9200
401 Independence Plaza
Selden, NY
Huntington Sq Mall
(631) 462-2100
4000 Jericho Tpke
E Northport, NY
EXOTIC WOODS USA
(631) 651-8651
698 Fort Salonga Rd
Northport, NY
Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
East Islip True Value Lumber
(631) 581-1869
33 Wall St
East Islip, NY
Mjn True Value
(631) 821-3567
691 Route 25a
Miller Place, NY
Hauppauge - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 979-2099
564 Veterans Hwy
Hauppauge, 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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