Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Maspeth NY

Engineered lumber in Maspeth 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

Lucky Hardware Inc
(201) 436-8210
160 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ
Fastenal- Mineola
516-294-7132
315-B Roslyn Road Mineola, NY, 11501
Mineola, NY
GENERAL MACHINERY INC
(212) 226-7835
358 BROOME STREET NEW YORK, NY, 10013
New York, NY
Lowe's
(201) 662-0932
7801 Tonnelle Avenue
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Green Acres Mall
(516) 256-5700
1150 Sunrise Hwy
Valley Stream, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Brooklyn
718-609-9435
190 West St. Section 1B Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Yonkers
914-378-0901
200 Saw Mill River Rd Yonkers, NY, 10701
Yonkers, NY
Woodlawn Supply
914-663-0900
772 McLean Ave
Yonkers, NY
The Home Depot
(718)230-0833
585 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, 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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