Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Floral Park NY

Engineered lumber in Floral 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

Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
BRUCKNER LUMBER & BUILDING SUPPLY
(718) 585-8787
259 Bruckner Blvd Bronx, NY, 10454
Bronx, NY
Fastenal- Mineola
516-294-7132
315-B Roslyn Road Mineola, NY, 11501
Mineola, NY
Ace Hardware of Rockville Centre
(516) 568-2301
315 Sunrise Hwy, between Morris and N.Park
Rockville Centre, NY
Kmart 3861 / Cross Merch
(631) 661-1234
1000 Montauk Hwy
West Babylon, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Rainbow Ycs
(212) 517-7500
1449 1st Ave
New York, NY
ACE TOOL REPAIR INC
(516) 783-8899
2201 WANTAGH AVE WANTAGH, NY, 11793
Wantagh, NY
144-17 Hardware, Inc.
(718) 528-5762
14417 243rd St
Rosedale, NY
The Home Depot
(718)641-5500
11220 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone Park, 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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