Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Freeport NY

Engineered lumber in Freeport 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
Fastenal- Mineola
516-294-7132
315-B Roslyn Road Mineola, NY, 11501
Mineola, NY
Corner Hardware & Paint
(718) 377-8516
2266 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(631)242-0215
475 Commack Road
Deer Park, NY
The Home Depot
(516)364-4677
111 Jericho Turnpike
Syosset, NY
Roberts Plywood Co.
800-422-4944
45 North Industry Court
Deer Park, NY
Fastenal- Farmingdale
631-391-0980
61 D Carolyn Blvd Farmingdale, NY, 11735
Farmingdale, NY
SUNRISE TOOL SERVICE
631-661-5548
124 SUNRISE HIGHWAY WEST ISLIP, NY, 11795
West Islip, NY
Shields Hardware
516-767-0300
267-271 Main St
Port Washington, NY
The Home Depot
(718)558-8640
92-30 168th Street
Jamaica, 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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