Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber New City NY

Engineered lumber in New City 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

Ludewig's Hardware
201-836-4991
321 Queen Anne Road
Teaneck, NJ
Andre's Hardware
914-793-7012
94 Kraft Ave
Bronxville, NY
The Home Depot
(201)226-9929
99 State Route 17 North
Lodi, NJ
The Home Depot
(914)963-3003
601 South Sprain Rd
Yonkers, NY
Bronx-Fordham Rd
(718) 817-7300
404 E Fordham Road
Bronx, NY
Haworth Hardware
201-384-8146
300 St Nicholas Ave
Haworth, NJ
Buchanan Home Center, Inc
914-737-1912
3119 Albany Post Rd
Buchanan, NY
The Home Depot
(201)336-3041
450 Hackensack Ave
Hackensack, NJ
The Home Depot
(845)627-2038
43 Hutton Ave
Nanuet, NY
White Plains - A
(914) 644-1400
100 Main St
White Plains, 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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