Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber New Paltz NY

Engineered lumber in New Paltz 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

Williams Lumber Co.
(845) 876-7011
6760 Rte 9
Rhinebeck, NY
Lowe's
(845) 567-2860
1239 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Fastenal- Fishkill
845-897-4721
115 Old Route 9 Fishkill, NY, 12524
Fishkill, NY
Lowe's
(845) 298-4720
1941 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Hudson Valley Mall
(845) 382-7255
1300 Ulster Ave Ste 360
Kingston, NY
Williams Lumber
(845) 687-7676
317 Kyserike Rd
High Falls, NY
Lowe's
(845) 834-5000
650 Route 299
Highland, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Newburgh
845-561-5565
150 S. Water Street Newburgh, NY, 12550
Newburgh, NY
The Home Depot
(845)561-6540
1220 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Poughkeepsie - D
(845) 471-9300
635 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, 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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