Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Middletown NY

Engineered lumber in Middletown 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

Lowe's
(845) 692-8044
700 North Galleria Drive
Middletown, NY
Monroe WHS/Matamoras
504 9th Street Matamoras, PA, 18336
Matamoras, PA
Scotts Corners Hardware
845-457-5005
1037 State Route 17K
Montgomery, NY
Huguenot Hardware & Home Imp
845-856-0334
255 Rt 209
Huguenot, NY
Kmart 9462 / Cross Merch
(845) 561-2334
374 Windsor Hwy Rte 32
Vails Gate, NY
Rock Hill Trading Post
(845) 796-3060
214 Rock Hill Dr
Rock Hill, NY
LOWE'S OF MIDDLETOWN, NY.
845 692-8044
700 NORTH GALLERIA DRIVE MIDDLETOWN, NY, 10941
Middletown, NY
Greenwood Lumber
845-477-2699
702 Jersey Ave
Greenwood Lake, NY
Weber's Hardware
845-895-2781
22 Wallkill Avenue
Wallkill, NY
Otisville True Value Hardware
(845) 386-3343
Po Box 866 10 Wallace Street
Otisville, 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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