Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Lancaster NY

Engineered lumber in Lancaster 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

Certainly Wood, Inc.
716-655-0206
13000 Route 78
East Aurora, NY
RC Tonewoods
716-873-6043
1109 Military Road
Buffalo, NY
Woodcraft - Buffalo, NY
(716) 674-0795
1900 Ridge Road
West Seneca, NY
Valu Home Center
716-832-3331
3275 Sheridan Dr
Amherst, NY
Boulevard Mall
(716) 446-5100
1261 Niagara Falls Blvd
Amherst, NY
Advantage Trim & Lumber Co
716-827-3915
601 Ohio St
Buffalo, NY
Niagara Lumber and Wood Products, Inc.
716-655-2142
47 Elm Street
East Aurora,, NY
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #11
(716) 631-8922
5085 Transit Rd
Buffalo, NY
Wagners Agway
716-937-9301
2206 Sandridge Rd
Alden, NY
Lowe's
(716) 646-3860
4950 Southwestern Boulevard
Hamburg, 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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