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
Philipps Bros. Supply
2525 Kensington Ave Amherst, NY, 14226
Amherst, NY
Wrights Corners Agway
716-434-9377
3972 Lockport Olcott Road
Lockport, NY
The Home Depot
(716)871-8800
2100 Elmwood Avenue
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
Hectors Snyder Associates Inc
716-834-7412
3875 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY
Eastern Hills Mall
(716) 631-4200
4545 Transit Rd
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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