Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Elmhurst NY

Engineered lumber in Elmhurst 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

Fastenal- Brooklyn
718-609-9435
190 West St. Section 1B Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Brooklyn, NY
Ace Hardware
(201) 768-7377
206 Pegasus Ave
Northvale, NJ
Canarsie Lumber, Inc
718-649-2200
826 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(973)471-2111
103-179 Dayton Ave
Passaic, NJ
The Home Depot
(914)963-3003
601 South Sprain Rd
Yonkers, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's of Paterson, NJ
973-341-8102
265 McLean Boulevard Paterson, NJ, 07504
Paterson, NJ
Corner Hardware & Paint
(718) 377-8516
2266 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's
(201) 662-0932
7801 Tonnelle Avenue
North Bergen, NJ
The Home Depot
(914)235-7575
55 Weyman Ave
New Rochelle, 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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