Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Gloversville NY

Engineered lumber in Gloversville 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

Lowe's
(518) 954-2400
4825 State Highway 30
Amsterdam, NY
Lowe's of Amsterdam
518-954-2400
4825 State Highway 30 Amsterdam, NY, 12010
Amsterdam, NY
Amsterdam Riverfront True Value Hardware
(518) 684-6100
1000 River Front Center
Amsterdam, NY
L. J. Hand Farm Center
(518) 922-8311
1431 State Hwy 161
Fultonville, NY
Fort Plain True Value Hardware
(518) 993-3834
12 Willett St
Fort Plain, NY
Noble Ace Hardware
(518) 762-3658
130 S Comrie Ave, Eagle Chevrolet
Johnstown, NY
Fastenal- Fonda
518-853-1088
25 Broadway St PO Box 544 Fonda, NY, 12068
Fonda, NY
Ace Hardware
(518) 673-8200
54 Dutchtown Plaza, Intersection of NYS Rts. 5 & 10
Palatine Bridge, NY
Tanner Lumber Inc.
(518) 883-3012
4 N Second Ave
Broadalbin, NY
Gloversville True Value Hardware
(518) 773-3030
86-88 E Fulton St
Gloversville, 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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