Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Kingston NY

Engineered lumber in Kingston 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

Lowe's
(845) 382-6000
901 Frank Sottile Blvd.
Kingston, NY
Lowe's of Lloyd
845-834-5000
650 Route 299 Highland, NY, 12528
Highland, NY
The Home Depot
(845)336-4575
1122 Ulster Ave
Kingston, NY
Lowe's
(845) 298-4720
1941 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Hudson Valley Mall
(845) 382-7255
1300 Ulster Ave Ste 360
Kingston, NY
Williams Lumber
(845) 687-7676
317 Kyserike Rd
High Falls, NY
Fastenal-Poughkeepsie
845-486-8828
35 Patrick Lane Noxon BussPark Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603
Poughkeepsie, NY
Woodstock Hardware
845-679-2862
84 Tinker St
Woodstock, NY
The Home Depot
(845)485-0420
3470 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Kmart 3372 / Cross Merch
(845) 297-1246
1895 South 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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