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

Shaker Hardware
(518) 785-9052
607 Watervliet Shaker Rd
Latham, NY
Harvey Industries
(518) 862-1490
4253 Albany Street Albany, NY, 12205
Albany, NY
LOWE'S OF NISKAYUNA, NY
518 382-8371
422 BALLTOWN ROAD SCHENECTADY, NY, 12304
Schenectady, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-465-8861
292 Central Avenue
Albany, 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
HOLBROOK LUMBER CO
(518) 489-4708
70 FULLER ROAD ALBANY, NY, 12205
Albany, NY
Burnt Hills Hardware & Supply Co
(518) 399-8141
217 Kingsley Rd
Burnt Hills, NY
The Home Depot
(518)388-9121
2500 Cambridge Rd
Schenectady, 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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