Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Liverpool NY

Engineered lumber in Liverpool 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
(315) 350-8961
5701 East Circle Drive
Cicero, NY
T & K Lumber Company Incorp.
315-689-3005
173 Rte 5 West
Elbridge, NY
The Home Depot
(315)699-5440
7922 Brewerton Road
Cicero, NY
Westvale Plz
(315) 488-1180
2214 W Genesse St
Syracuse, NY
Kmart 7451 / Cross Merch
(315) 598-9641
2078 State Rte 481
Fulton, NY
Village Hardware
(315) 638-4026
43 E Genesee St
Baldwinsville, NY
Fastenal- Syracuse
315-463-4001
4101 New Court Ave Syracuse, NY, 13206
Syracuse, NY
Burke's Home Center
315-592-2244
65 North Second Street
Fulton, NY
Great Northern Mall
(315) 652-4800
4155 Rt 31
Clay, NY
Shoppngtown Mall
(315) 445-3800
3649 Erie Blvd E
De Witt, 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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