Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Howard Beach NY

Engineered lumber in Howard Beach 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.

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Lowe's
(718) 682-9027
2171 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Fastenal- Yonkers
914-378-0901
200 Saw Mill River Rd Yonkers, NY, 10701
Yonkers, NY
Five Star Lumber & Home Ctrs
516-872-2700
210 E Merrick Rd
Valley Stream, NY
The Home Depot
(718)358-9600
131-35 Avery Avenue
Flushing, NY
Kings Plz
(718) 677-2100
5200 Kings Plz
Brooklyn, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Brooklyn
718-609-9435
190 West St. Section 1B Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Brooklyn, NY
Nunez Depot
718-665-8380
2756 3rd Avenue
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(201)336-3041
450 Hackensack Ave
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The Home Depot
(718)278-9031
50-10 Northern Blvd
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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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