Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Great Neck NY

Engineered lumber in Great Neck 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 Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Fastenal- Hicksville
516-942-2640
73 Bloomingdale Rd Hicksville, NY, 11801
Hicksville, NY
Prince Lumber Company
212-777-1150
404 West 15th St
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(516)546-6280
160 E. Sunrise Hwy
Freeport, NY
Cross County S/C
(914) 377-2100
Rte 87(Ny St) & Cross Ct Pkwy
Yonkers, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Brooklyn
718-499-6836
951 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11232
Brooklyn, NY
A G Locksmith & Hardware
(718) 497-5882
347 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY
County Line Do it Best Hdwe
631-427-4455
173 West Hills Road
Huntington Station, NY
The Home Depot
(516)565-3700
172 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, 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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