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

Village Hardware
(315) 638-4026
43 E Genesee St
Baldwinsville, NY
Lowe's- Clay
315-652-1200
3856 State Route 31 Liverpool, NY, 13090
Liverpool, NY
Valu Home Center #51
315-452-6822
3803 North Brewerton Rd
North Syracuse, NY
The Home Depot
(315)484-7240
3756 Milton Avenue
Camillus, NY
Kmart 3352 / Cross Merch
(315) 652-4494
8007 Oswego Rd
Liverpool, NY
Village Ace Hardware
(315) 834-2275
2701 Erie Dr
Weedsport, NY
Lowe's
(315) 652-1200
3856 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Burkes Do it Best Home Center
315-343-6147
38 East Second Street
Oswego, NY
Wrightway True Value Hardware
(315) 695-2394
9236 Oswego Rd
Baldwinsville, NY
Great Northern Mall
(315) 652-4800
4155 Rt 31
Clay, 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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