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

Fastenal- Middletown
845-361-4551
29 Bloomingburg Road Middletown, NY, 10941
Middletown, NY
LOWE'S OF MIDDLETOWN, NY.
845 692-8044
700 NORTH GALLERIA DRIVE MIDDLETOWN, NY, 10941
Middletown, NY
Ace Hdwe of Ellenville
(845) 647-7850
140 S Main St, Next to D'lites Ice Cream Stand
Ellenville, NY
Neversink True Value Lumber
(845) 856-5161
95 Jersey Ave
Port Jervis, NY
Galleria Mall
(845) 695-5000
1 N Galleria Dr Ste 144
Middletown, NY
Lowe's
(845) 567-2860
1239 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Fastenal- Newburgh
845-564-1552
13 Jeanne Drive Newburgh, NY, 12550
Newburgh, NY
MONROE WHOLESALE INC
(845) 294-7900
RT 17M BOX 461 GOSHEN, NY, 10924
Goshen, NY
Otisville True Value Hardware
(845) 386-3343
Po Box 866 10 Wallace Street
Otisville, NY
The Home Depot
(570)491-5938
125 Reuben Bell Dr
Matamoras, PA

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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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