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

Kass Ind Supply/Islandia
(631) 234-0740
3104 Expressway Drive South Islandia, NY, 11749
Islandia, NY
UNIVERSAL TOOL
(631) 281-4147
1175 MONTAUK HIGHWAY MASTIC, NY, 11950
Mastic, NY
East Islip True Value Lumber
(631) 581-1869
33 Wall St
East Islip, NY
Agnew & Taylor True Value
(631) 588-8720
501 Hawkins Ave
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
Kmart 4871 / Cross Merch
(631) 732-1725
2280 N Ocean Ave
Farmingville, NY
Long Island Hardware
(631) 467-1316
3606 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Just West of the Airport
Bohemia, NY
LOWE'S OF MEDFORD, NY
631 207-4541
2796 ROUTE 112 MEDFORD, NY, 11763
Medford, NY
Centereach True Value Hardware
(631) 732-2220
1408 Middle Country Rd
Centereach, NY
Ferreteria Del Hogar True Value Hdwe.
(787) 793-1874
5 Tabonuco Caparra Ind Park
Guaynabo, NY
The Home Depot
(631)284-2530
1550 Old Country Road
Riverhead, 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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