Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Niagara Falls NY

Engineered lumber in Niagara Falls 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

RC Tonewoods
716-873-6043
1109 Military Road
Buffalo, NY
Lowe's
(716) 831-5990
1659 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Amherst, NY
Valu Home Center #10
716-824-4150
Clinton & Rossler Sts.
Buffalo, NY
Abc Rental Supply
(716) 854-4550
753 Broadway St
Buffalo, NY
Tonawanda - Sears Hardware Stores
(716) 877-5512
1764 Sheridan Dr
Tonawanda, NY
Advantage Trim & Lumber Co
716-827-3915
601 Ohio St
Buffalo, NY
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #11
(716) 631-8922
5085 Transit Rd
Buffalo, NY
Newfane Lumber & Mfg Co Inc
716-434-5577
554 Ohio Street
Lockport, NY
Island True Value Hdwe.
(716) 773-9060
1889 Whitehaven Rd
Grand Island, NY
Ed Youngs True Value Hdw.
(716) 632-3150
5641 Main St
Williamsville, 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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