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

Sloatsburg Hardware
845-753-2725
88 Orange Turnpike
Sloatsburg, NY
The Home Depot
(914)593-7110
1 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY
The Home Depot
(845)348-0566
2024 Palisades Ctr Dr
West Nyack, NY
Kmart 9416 / Cross Merch
(914) 684-1184
399 Tarrytown Rd
White Plains, NY
Cross County S/C
(914) 377-2100
Rte 87(Ny St) & Cross Ct Pkwy
Yonkers, NY
Modern Paint & Hardware Corp
914-632-8060
316 Huguenot St
New Rochelle, NY
The Home Depot
(845)781-4307
254 Larkin Drive
Monroe, NY
The Home Depot
(914)690-9745
150 Midland Ave
Port Chester, NY
Empire Tools, LLC
914-937-1773
21 Abendroth Avenue Port Chester, NY, 10573
Port Chester, NY
Willowbrook Mall
(973) 890-2000
50 Route 46
Wayne, 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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