Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Hopewell Junction NY

Engineered lumber in Hopewell Junction 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

Fastenal- Fishkill
845-897-4721
115 Old Route 9 Fishkill, NY, 12524
Fishkill, NY
Fastenal-Poughkeepsie
845-486-8828
35 Patrick Lane Noxon BussPark Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603
Poughkeepsie, NY
Ring's End Lumber/New Milford
(860) 355-5566
Rte 7 140 Danbury Road New Milford, CT, 06776
New Milford, CT
The Home Depot
(914)528-1539
3131 E Main St
Mohegan Lake, NY
The Home Depot
(845)279-9669
80 Independence Way SE
Brewster, NY
Lowe's
(845) 834-5000
650 Route 299
Highland, NY
Fastenal- Newburgh
845-564-1552
13 Jeanne Drive Newburgh, NY, 12550
Newburgh, NY
J & R TOOL CO
(845) 279-6169
3651 DANBURY RD, RTE 6 BREWSTER, NY, 10509
Brewster, NY
Webers Hardware & Paint
845-895-2781
22 Wallkill Ave
Wallkill, NY
The Home Depot
(845)485-0420
3470 North Road
Poughkeepsie, 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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