Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Ithaca NY

Engineered lumber in Ithaca 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

Builders Best Do it center
607-756-7871
3798 Luker Road
Cortland, NY
Alpine Building Supply
315-497-1221
Route 38
Moravia, NY
Moravia True Value Hardware
(315) 497-1966
102 Main St
Moravia, NY
Cayuga True Value Lumber
(607) 273-0245
801 W State St
Ithaca, NY
Pyramid Mall
(607) 266-6100
40 Catherwood Rd
Ithaca, NY
Fastenal- Ithaca
607-277-8379
229 Cherry St Ithaca, NY, 14850
Ithaca, NY
Valu Home Center #43
607-756-6007
1122 Rt 222
Cortland, NY
Stover Lumber Inc.
607-387-3188
1974 Trumansburg
Jacksonville, NY
Ithaca Agway & True Value
(607) 272-1848
213 S Fulton St
Ithaca, NY
The Home Depot
(607)272-1093
410 Elmira Road Bldg 1
Ithaca, 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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