Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Lockport NY

Engineered lumber in Lockport 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

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #11
(716) 631-8922
5085 Transit Rd
Buffalo, NY
Hahn Hardware Company Inc
(585) 798-5020
627 West Ave, Adjacent to the Rail Road Museum
Medina, NY
Valu Home Center #15
716-683-2775
620 Dick Rd
Depew, NY
Hectors Hardware & Paint Co
716-691-8066
2455 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Amherst, NY
Tonawanda - Sears Hardware Stores
(716) 877-5512
1764 Sheridan Dr
Tonawanda, NY
RC Tonewoods
716-873-6043
1109 Military Road
Buffalo, NY
Lowe's
(716) 639-2500
8150 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY
Hectors Hardware Of Depew
716-681-3811
6231 Transit Road
Depew, NY
Valu Home Center
716-832-3331
3275 Sheridan Dr
Amherst, NY
County Supply Corp
(716) 873-4700
589 Tonawanda St
Buffalo, 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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