Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Monsey NY

Engineered lumber in Monsey 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

Allied Building
(201) 935-0800
15 East Union Avenue East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
East Rutherford, NJ
Lowe's of Chester
845-572-2400
3924 Summerville Way Chester, NY, 10918
Chester, NY
Lowe's of Paterson, NJ
973-341-8102
265 McLean Boulevard Paterson, NJ, 07504
Paterson, NJ
Schall Paint & Hardware
914-965-3339
311 Saw Mill River Rd
Yonkers, NY
Paramus Park
(201) 967-0300
585 From Rd
Paramus, NJ
BOARDS & BEAMS, CO.
(973) 299-6100
48 OLD JACKSONVILLE ROAD
TOWACO, NJ
Fastenal- Yonkers
914-378-0901
200 Saw Mill River Rd Yonkers, NY, 10701
Yonkers, NY
Lowe's of Clarkstown
845-351-3500
100 Overlook Blvd Nanuet, NY, 10954
Nanuet, NY
Airport Hardware
(201) 935-7780
111 Moonachie Ave
Moonachie, NJ
Greenwood Lumber
845-477-2699
702 Jersey Ave
Greenwood Lake, 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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