Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber New Hyde Park NY

Engineered lumber in New Hyde Park 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

Roberts Plywood Co.
800-422-4944
45 North Industry Court
Deer Park, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 644-2450
3899 Hempstead Tpke, Pathmark
Bethpage, NY
Lowe's
(516) 794-6531
700 Dibblee Drive
Garden City, NY
B. Wankel & Son Hardware
212-369-1200
1573 Third Avenue
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(631)753-0814
202 Airport Plaza
Farmingdale, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(631) 321-1316
515 Montauk Hwy, Big Lots and Pathmark
West Babylon, NY
WHOLESALE BUILDING SUPPLY
(718) 871-4500
890 CONEY ISLAND AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY, 11218
Brooklyn, NY
Mar Jam Supply, Inc.
718-388-6465
20 Rewe Street
Brooklyn, 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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