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

Mitchell Simon Co Inc
(201) 568-2108
15 S Dean St
Englewood, NJ
Fastenal- Suffern
845-357-9515
11 Washington Avenue Suffern, NY, 10901
Suffern, NY
Buchanan Home Center, Inc
914-737-1912
3119 Albany Post Rd
Buchanan, NY
The Home Depot
(973)472-4600
955 Bloomfield Ave
Clifton, NJ
Hewitt - Sears Hardware Stores
(973) 728-7877
1926 Union Valley Rd
Hewitt, NJ
BOARDS & BEAMS, CO.
(973) 299-6100
48 OLD JACKSONVILLE ROAD
TOWACO, NJ
Closure Systems, Inc.- Hackensack
201-646-1655
277 Lodi Street Hackensack, NJ, 07601
Hackensack, NJ
Ramsey Hardware & Paint
201-327-0433
14 East Main
Ramsey, NJ
Lowe's
(973) 341-8102
265 Mclean Boulevard
Paterson, NJ
The Home Depot
(201)818-9754
465 State Highway 17
Mahwah, NJ
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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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