Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber New Rochelle NY

Engineered lumber in New Rochelle 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

Contractors Supply- Stamford
203-323-3752
17 Viaduct Rd Stamford, CT, 06907
Stamford, CT
Dick's Do it Best Hardware
212-425-1070
9 Gold Street
New York, NY
Best Hardware & Mill Supplies
516-354-0529
406 Jericho Turnpike
Floral Park, NY
The Home Depot
(718)828-1071
2560 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, NY
Hackensack - A
(201) 525-5200
436 Main St
Hackensack, NJ
Pintchik
(718) 783-3333
478 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Yonkers
914-378-0901
200 Saw Mill River Rd Yonkers, NY, 10701
Yonkers, NY
Nunez Depot
718-665-8380
2756 3rd Avenue
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(201)226-9929
99 State Route 17 North
Lodi, NJ
A W MEYER CO INC
(201) 945-5500
509 BROAD AVENUE RIDGEFIELD, NJ, 07657
Ridgefield, 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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