Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Mastic NY

Engineered lumber in Mastic 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

UNIVERSAL TOOL
(631) 281-4147
1175 MONTAUK HIGHWAY MASTIC, NY, 11950
Mastic, NY
Comercial Berrios Inc
(787) 739-2831
Barcelo #64
Cidra, NY
Suffolk Supply True Value
(631) 924-3935
1504 Rocky Point Rd
Middle Island, NY
The Home Depot
(631)234-2670
301 South Research Place
Central Islip, NY
Lake Ronkonkoma-Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 738-9457
585 Portion Rd
Lk Ronkonkoma, NY
Kass Ind Supply/Islandia
(631) 234-0740
3104 Expressway Drive South Islandia, NY, 11749
Islandia, NY
Ace Hardware
(631) 929-5095
6281 Rte 25 A
Wading River, NY
Brinkmann True Value Hdwe
(631) 567-6879
15 Foster Ave
Sayville, NY
Grays True Value
(631) 924-3205
1878 Route 25
Ridge, NY
5137 Nesconset Hwy
(631) 476-0438
Rr 347
Pt Jefferson, 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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