Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Nanuet NY

Engineered lumber in Nanuet 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

Colon's Hardware
973-742-5357
306 Market Street
Paterson, NJ
Pomona Do it Best Hardware
845-364-5678
1581 Route 202
Pomona, NY
The Home Depot
(201)336-3041
450 Hackensack Ave
Hackensack, NJ
Bronx-Fordham Rd
(718) 817-7300
404 E Fordham Road
Bronx, NY
Kmart 9414 / Cross Merch
(914) 243-3685
Rte 118 355 Downing
Yorktown Hts, NY
On Time Supply
845-352-8600
14 Melnick Dr Monsey, NY, 10952
Monsey, NY
Montvale Hardware & Supply Co
201-391-5200
8 Railroad Avenue
Montvale, NJ
Sloatsburg Hardware
845-753-2725
88 Orange Turnpike
Sloatsburg, NY
The Home Depot
(914)235-7575
55 Weyman Ave
New Rochelle, NY
Sears Home Appliance Showroom
(914) 241-2291
360 N Bedford Rd
Mt Kisco, 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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