Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Latham NY

Engineered lumber in Latham 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

Tremont Lumber Co Inc
(518) 674-3836
2897 Route 43
Averill Park, NY
LOWE'S OF COLONIE, NY
518 786-3350
800 LOUDON ROAD LATHAM, NY, 12110
Latham, NY
Phillips Hardware
518-459-2300
42 Saratoga Ave
Waterford, NY
Phillips Hardware
518-346-4383
1729 Union St
Schenectady, NY
Lowe's
(518) 348-2940
476 Route 146
Halfmoon, NY
Olsen's Hardware & Garden Center
(518) 475-9483
1900 New Scotland Rd
Slingerlands, NY
Fastenal- Mechanicville
518-899-5835
2381 Route 9 Bldg 2 Suite 4 Mechanicville, NY, 12118
Mechanicville, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-861-5364
Osborne Corners
Altamont, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-459-2300
1157 Central Avenue
Albany, NY
Lowe's
(518) 436-6020
271 Route 9 West
Glenmont, 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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