Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Hempstead NY

Engineered lumber in Hempstead 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

Roberts Plywood Co.
800-422-4944
45 North Industry Court
Deer Park, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 221-0010
2667 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY
Prince Lumber Company
212-777-1150
404 West 15th St
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(718)828-1071
2560 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, NY
Kmart 9418 / Cross Merch
(516) 295-4186
253-01 Rockaway Blvd
Rosedale, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
KASS INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY/Bronx
(718) 299-6060
1715 Washington Ave Bronx, NY, 10457
Bronx, NY
Best Hardware & Mill Supplies
516-354-0529
406 Jericho Turnpike
Floral Park, NY
The Home Depot
(718)827-9568
579 Gateway Drive
Brooklyn, 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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