Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber East Syracuse NY

Engineered lumber in East Syracuse 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) 652-1200
3856 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Cazenovia Lumber & Oil Co. Inc
315-655-3417
27 William St
Cazenovia, NY
Wrightway True Value Hardware
(315) 695-2394
9236 Oswego Rd
Baldwinsville, NY
Manlius True Value Hardware
(315) 682-6531
8225 Cazenovia Rd
Manlius, NY
The Home Depot
(315)699-5440
7922 Brewerton Road
Cicero, NY
Suburban Hardware Inc
(315) 652-7850
7990 Oswego Rd
Liverpool, NY
Elbridge Ace Hardware
(315) 689-3218
237 E Main St, Big M Plaza
Elbridge, NY
Valu Home Center #51
315-452-6822
3803 North Brewerton Rd
North Syracuse, NY
La Fayette True Value Hdwe
(315) 677-9709
2945 Rt 11
La Fayette, NY
Nightingale True Value Hdwe
(315) 673-2001
4068 South St
Marcellus, 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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