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
Sunset Hardware
(718) 748-0960
8111 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Howard Supply
212-971-3127
399 8th Avenue
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(201)271-1200
1055 Paterson Plank Rd
Secaucus, NJ
Kmart 3861 / Cross Merch
(631) 661-1234
1000 Montauk Hwy
West Babylon, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 798-5757
5135 Merrick Rd, Gino's
Massapequa Park, NY
ICW/INDUSTRIAL COMPONENTS
(914) 777-3245
626 Third Street Mamaroneck, NY, 10543
Mamaroneck, NY
Queens Lumber Company, Inc
718-539-0400
34-41 College Point Blvd
Flushing, NY
The Home Depot
(718)828-1071
2560 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, 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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