Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Fredonia NY

Engineered lumber in Fredonia 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

Valu Home Center #20
716-673-1771
10378 Bennett Rd
Fredonia, NY
Frost Builders Supplies, Inc.
716-296-5695
Depot Street
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Service Hardware True Value
(716) 366-5666
234 Lake Shore Dr E
Dunkirk, NY
Smiths True Value
(716) 934-4238
Route 5 & 20
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Fredonia - Auth Hometown
(716) 672-2999
3725 E Main - Rte 20
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Fastenal- Dunkirk
716-366-3595
61-63 Lakeshore Dr Dunkirk, NY, 14048
Dunkirk, NY
Valley Hardware Center
716-988-3304
524 Pine Street
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Mayville Hardware Inc
716-753-2621
53 South Erie Street
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Add Lumber True Value
(716) 366-1622
148 Willow Rd
Dunkirk, NY
The Home Depot
(716)672-8200
3901 Vineyard Drive
Dunkirk, 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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