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

Fastenal- East Rutherford
201-804-2228
33 Rt 17 South East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
East Rutherford, NJ
Lowe's of Farmingdale
631-927-3470
90 Price Parkway Farmingdale, NY, 11735
Farmingdale, NY
Ludewig's Hardware
201-836-4991
321 Queen Anne Road
Teaneck, NJ
Brite Hardware Auto Parts, Inc
718-849-8121
112-15 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY
The Home Depot
(516)364-4677
111 Jericho Turnpike
Syosset, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
KASS INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY/Bronx
(718) 299-6060
1715 Washington Ave Bronx, NY, 10457
Bronx, NY
H Brickman & Sons
(212) 674-3213
55 1st Ave
New York, NY
Canarsie Lumber, Inc
718-649-2200
826 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(631)753-0814
202 Airport Plaza
Farmingdale, 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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