Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber New York NY

Engineered lumber in New York 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

Fastenal- Kearny
973-491-2635
77 Hackensack Ave Kearny, NJ, 07032
Kearny, NJ
Fastenal- Paterson
973-278-5509
443 Madison Ave Paterson, NJ, 07524
Paterson, NJ
Cross Bay Hardware
(718) 848-5699
158-18 Cross Bay Blvd
Howard Beach, NY
Nunez Depot
718-665-8380
2756 3rd Avenue
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(718)830-3323
75-09 Woodhaven Blvd
Glendale, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Oceanside
516-764-1013
104 Mott St Oceanside, NY, 11572
Oceanside, NY
144-17 Hardware, Inc.
(718) 528-5762
14417 243rd St
Rosedale, NY
Garber Building Supply
718-447-2122
98 Greenfield Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Jp Home Arama Inc
(973) 427-0002
111 Wagaraw Rd, HAWTHORNE DISCOUNT CENTER
Hawthorne, 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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