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
Fastenal- Albany
518-465-4234
1074 Broadway Albany, NY, 12204
Albany, NY
Lowe's of Albany
518-956-9407
1482 Central Ave Colonie, NY, 12205
Colonie, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-765-2377
18 South Main St
Voorheesville, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-465-8861
292 Central Avenue
Albany, NY
Robinson's Hardware
(518) 456-7383
1874 Western Ave, 1 mile West of Crossgates Mall
Albany, NY
Lowe's
(518) 786-3350
790 Loudon Road
Latham, NY
HOLBROOK LUMBER CO
(518) 489-4708
70 FULLER ROAD ALBANY, NY, 12205
Albany, NY
Pfeil Hardware
518-687-0014
63 Third St
Troy, NY
Phillips Hardware
518-459-2300
42 Saratoga Ave
Waterford, 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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