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

LOWE'S OF N. BERGEN, N.J.
201 662-0932
7801 TONNELLE AVENUE NORTH BERGEN, NJ, 07047
North Bergen, NJ
Morales Home Center Express
718-665-8380
2800 Third Ave
Bronx, NY
Tonys Hardware & Tool Rental
12414 Liberty Ave
S Richmond Hill, NY
The Home Depot
(201)868-8125
7605 Tonnelle Avenue
North Bergen, NJ
Garden City - A
(516) 873-3700
1111 Franklin Ave
Garden City, NY
Rainbow Ycs
(212) 517-7500
1449 1st Ave
New York, NY
City Paint & Ace Hardware
(201) 659-0061
130 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ
Decorama Bldg & Plb Supply Inc
718-651-1800
1233 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Metropolitan Distributors Corp
718-657-0100
108-20 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY
The Home Depot
(914)235-7575
55 Weyman Ave
New Rochelle, 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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