Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Forest Hills NY

Engineered lumber in Forest Hills 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

New York Lumber Co Inc
(718) 774-8900
600 Utica Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's
(718) 758-2910
5602 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY
LOWE'S OF GARDEN CITY, NY
516 794-6531
700 DIBBLEE DRIVE GARDEN CITY, NY, 11530
Garden City, NY
Botto Brothers Hardware
(516) 931-0816
231 Broadway
Hicksville, NY
Trio Hardware
516-935-8385
1032 C Old Country Rd
Plainview, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Soundview Hardware
(516) 944-1757
3A Soundview Market Place, Clearview Cinema Theater
Port Washington, NY
Fastenal- Mineola
516-294-7132
315-B Roslyn Road Mineola, NY, 11501
Mineola, NY
MORGAN TOOL RENTALS INC
(718) 963-4100
500 MORGAN AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY, 11222
Brooklyn, NY
Cross Bay Hardware
(718) 848-5699
158-18 Cross Bay Blvd
Howard Beach, 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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