Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Fulton NY

Engineered lumber in Fulton 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 Hardware Inc
(315) 652-7850
7990 Oswego Rd
Liverpool, NY
Fastenal- Liverpool
315-451-3807
7184 Morgan Rd Liverpool, NY, 13090
Liverpool, NY
Brewerton Building Supply
(315) 676-2300
46 Corporate Park Dr
Central Square, NY
Valu Home Center #51
315-452-6822
3803 North Brewerton Rd
North Syracuse, NY
Kmart 7451 / Cross Merch
(315) 598-9641
2078 State Rte 481
Fulton, NY
Raby's Ace Home Center
(315) 342-9663
247 Washington Blvd
Oswego, NY
Lowe's
(315) 350-8961
5701 East Circle Drive
Cicero, NY
T&K Lumber Co, Inc.
315-689-3005
170 Route 5 West Elbridge, NY, 13060
Elbridge, NY
Gravina Gardens & Ace Hardware
(315) 457-8585
4850 Buckley Rd
Liverpool, NY
Kmart 3352 / Cross Merch
(315) 652-4494
8007 Oswego Rd
Liverpool, 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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