Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Hollis NY

Engineered lumber in Hollis 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

Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 280-7885
2323 Jericho Turnpike, In Pathmark Shopping Center/Near Charlie Brown's
Garden City Park, NY
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718-499-6836
951 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11232
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Schall Paint & Hardware
914-965-3339
311 Saw Mill River Rd
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Five Star Lumber & Home Ctrs
516-872-2700
210 E Merrick Rd
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Kmart 9420 / Cross Merch
(718) 430-9439
1998 Bruckner Blvd
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Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 221-0010
2667 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY
B. Wankel & Son Hardware
212-369-1200
1573 Third Avenue
New York, NY
Shields Hardware
516-767-0300
267-271 Main St
Port Washington, NY
The Home Depot
(201)521-9437
440 Route 440
Jersey City, NJ
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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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