Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Monroe NY

Engineered lumber in Monroe 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

John H Schumacher Inc
(315) 457-4551
PO Box 7
Liverpool, NY
Lumber Plus Corp
(718) 444-8053
1415 Utica Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Grossmans Bargain Outlet
(315) 568-5568
2109 US Route 20
Seneca Falls, NY
Sweet R J Inc
(518) 623-4341
RR 9
Warrensburg, NY
Svb Corp
(718) 828-1885
1718 White Plains Rd
Bronx, NY
Tim Cretin Logging & Sawmill
(315) 946-4476
Wayne Center Rd
Lyons, NY
Mid-State Lumber of New York
(845) 986-9090

Warwick, NY
Nash Lumber Mdsng Corp
(631) 231-9595
143 Pine Aire Dr
Bay Shore, NY
Weyerhaeuser Company
(716) 681-6600
3815 Walden Ave
Lancaster, NY
Trio East Wholesalers
(631) 254-6660
1016 Brand Blvd
Deer Park, 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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