Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Malone NY

Engineered lumber in Malone 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

Mayvilles True Value Hardware
(518) 529-7100
Rte 11 Main St
Brushton, NY
Smith Lumber And Supply
(518) 358-2714
2342 State Rte 37
Fort Covington, NY
Malone - Auth Hometown
(518) 483-9833
228 West Main St
Malone, NY
Cushamm Lumber
(518) 371-6200
12 Montgomery Way
Clifton Park, NY
Waruch Lumber Inc
(845) 626-4049
Cherytwn Rd
Kerhonkson, NY
Mayvilles True Value Hardware
(800) 642-7392
1264 Washington St
Brushton, NY
Alixs True Value
(518) 497-6080
6075 State Rte 11
Chateaugay, NY
Malone Lumber & Ready Mix Inc
(518) 483-3460
259 Elm St
Malone, NY
Kmart 3943 / Cross Merch
(518) 483-8131
230 W Main St
Malone, NY
Plunkett & Webster Inc
(914) 636-8770
2 Clinton Pl
New Rochelle, 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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