Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Larchmont NY

Engineered lumber in Larchmont 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

Fastenal- Hicksville
516-942-2640
73 Bloomingdale Rd Hicksville, NY, 11801
Hicksville, NY
CLEARVIEW PAINT & DECOR
(718) 747-5000
20-11 Francis Lewis Blvd
Whitestone, NY
Queens Lumber Company, Inc
718-539-0400
34-41 College Point Blvd
Flushing, NY
The Home Depot
(718)977-2081
13220 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY
Bronx-Fordham Rd
(718) 817-7300
404 E Fordham Road
Bronx, NY
Lowe's
(516) 794-6531
700 Dibblee Drive
Garden City, NY
Fastenal- Stamford
203-359-4186
330 Fairfield Avenue Stamford, CT, 06902
Stamford, CT
Woodlawn Supply
914-663-0900
772 McLean Ave
Yonkers, NY
Auburndale Mason Supply
718-357-7889
40-02 Francis Lewis Blvd
Bayside, NY
Paramus Park
(201) 967-0300
585 From Rd
Paramus, NJ

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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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