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

DYNAMITE TOOL CO
(631) 563-8181
1551 SMITHTOWN AVENUE BOHEMIA, NY, 11716
Bohemia, NY
Smithtown Do it Best
631-863-3200
82 West Main Street
Smithtown, NY
Bens True Value Hardware
(631) 775-7435
55b Route 25 (middle Country Road)
Coram, NY
Kmart 3862 / Cross Merch
(631) 567-3060
5151 Sunrise Hwy
Bohemia, NY
Kmart 4868 / Cross Merch
(631) 369-0040
605 Old Country Rd
Riverhead, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(631) 467-6565
2120 Middle Country Rd, Pathmark
Centereach, NY
Ace Hardware
(631) 751-9500
Three Vlg Shpg Ctr, 1366 Rte 25 A, King Kullen Shopping Center
East Setauket, NY
Centereach True Value Hardware
(631) 732-2220
1408 Middle Country Rd
Centereach, NY
The Home Depot
(631)395-3764
399 William Floyd Pkwy
Shirley, NY
Kmart 4871 / Cross Merch
(631) 732-1725
2280 N Ocean Ave
Farmingville, 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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