Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Kew Gardens NY

Engineered lumber in Kew Gardens 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

Pintchik
(718) 783-3333
478 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Woodside
718-507-8193
57-08 37th Avenue Woodside, NY, 11377
Woodside, NY
Ludewig's Hardware
201-836-4991
321 Queen Anne Road
Teaneck, NJ
Kings Material Company Inc.
718-438-5232
3707 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's
(201) 662-0932
7801 Tonnelle Avenue
North Bergen, NJ
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Rainbow Ycs
(212) 517-7500
1449 1st Ave
New York, NY
Economy Hardware Co Inc
(973) 483-6223
204 Harrison Ave
Harrison, NJ
Grand Metropolitan Housewares
212-749-4140
2554 Broadway
New York, NY
Canarsie Lumber, Inc
718-649-2200
826 Rockaway Parkway
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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