Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Mount Vernon NY

Engineered lumber in Mount Vernon 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- Kearny
973-491-2635
77 Hackensack Ave Kearny, NJ, 07032
Kearny, NJ
Kings Material Company Inc.
718-438-5232
3707 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Metropolitan Distributors Corp
718-657-0100
108-20 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY
The Home Depot
(516)364-4677
111 Jericho Turnpike
Syosset, NY
Paramus Park
(201) 967-0300
585 From Rd
Paramus, NJ
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
United Rentals/Stamford
(203) 327-0090
224 Selleck Street Stamford, CT, 06902
Stamford, CT
Oriental Lumber Do it Best
718-386-8200
1154 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(212)929-9571
40 West 23rd Street
New York, NY
Empire Tools, LLC
914-937-1773
21 Abendroth Avenue Port Chester, NY, 10573
Port Chester, 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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