Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Mahopac NY

Engineered lumber in Mahopac 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

Williams Lumber Inc
(845) 221-2751
908 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY
Fastenal- Fishkill
845-897-4721
115 Old Route 9 Fishkill, NY, 12524
Fishkill, NY
LOWE'S OF NEWBURGH, NY
845 567-2860
1239 ROUTE 300 NEWBURGH, NY, 12550
Newburgh, NY
Bethel Handyman Supply
(203) 792-4043
34 Stony Hill Rd, between Target and Big Y
Bethel, CT
The Home Depot
(845)896-0824
450 State Route 9
Fishkill, NY
Ridgefield Hardware Co
(203) 438-2661
385 Main St
Ridgefield, CT
Fastenal- Danbury
203-792-2898
10 Federal Rd Danbury, CT, 06810
Danbury, CT
J & R TOOL CO
(845) 279-6169
3651 DANBURY RD, RTE 6 BREWSTER, NY, 10509
Brewster, NY
Ring's End Lumber/Bethel
(203) 797-1212
9 Taylor Ave Bethel, CT, 06801
Bethel, CT
Buchanan Home Center, Inc
914-737-1912
3119 Albany Post Rd
Buchanan, 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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