Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Fresh Meadows NY

Engineered lumber in Fresh Meadows 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

GENERAL MACHINERY INC
(212) 226-7835
358 BROOME STREET NEW YORK, NY, 10013
New York, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 798-0680
1330 Hicksville Rd, Marshalls
Massapequa, NY
Mar Jam Supply, Inc.
718-388-6465
20 Rewe Street
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(718)333-9850
2970 Cropsey Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Newport Centre Mall
(201) 420-5300
50 Mall Dr West
Jersey City, NJ
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Ace Hardware of Rockville Centre
(516) 568-2301
315 Sunrise Hwy, between Morris and N.Park
Rockville Centre, NY
Garber Building Supply
718-447-2122
98 Greenfield Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Kings Material Company Inc.
718-438-5232
3707 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, 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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