Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber New Hartford NY

Engineered lumber in New Hartford 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

Lowe's of New Hartford
315-351-4242
4699 Middle Settlement Road New Hartford, NY, 13413
New Hartford, NY
Ace Hardware of Rome
(315) 336-7800
115 Black River Blvd
Rome, NY
George Lumber
315-823-1709
525 East Mill St
Little Falls, NY
Ilion True Value Hdw.
(315) 894-5274
39 W Clark St
Ilion, NY
The Home Depot
(315)797-5300
545 French Road
New Hartford, NY
Lowe's
(315) 351-4241
4699 Middle Settlement Road
New Hartford, NY
McQUADE & BANNIGAN INC
(315) 724-7119
1300 STARK STREET UTICA, NY, 13502
Utica, NY
Ilion Lumber Company Inc
315-895-7437
161 West Main
Ilion, NY
Cavo Builders Supplies
315-724-5970
1027 Jefferson Ave
Utica, NY
F.p.morgan True Value Hdw.
(315) 841-4103
108 Main St
Waterville, 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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