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
Pro Tool Warehouse
845-294-2645
110 North Church St
Goshen, NY
Huguenot Hardware & Home Imp
845-856-0334
255 Rt 209
Huguenot, NY
The Home Depot
(845)343-9200
474 Route 211 East
Middletown, NY
Newburgh Mall
(845) 566-2300
1401 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Lowe's
(845) 567-2860
1239 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Fastenal- Newburgh
845-564-1552
13 Jeanne Drive Newburgh, NY, 12550
Newburgh, NY
Ayres & Galloway Do it Best
845-343-3157
83 North Street
Middletown, NY
The Home Depot
(845)561-6540
1220 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Kmart 3884 / Cross Merch
(570) 491-4841
111 Hulst 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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