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
Flint Bros Hardware Inc
(716) 778-9654
2769 Main St
Newfane, NY
Drews True Value Hardware
(716) 875-3300
2245 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY
Boulevard Mall
(716) 446-5100
1261 Niagara Falls Blvd
Amherst, 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
Island True Value Hdwe.
(716) 773-9060
1889 Whitehaven Rd
Grand Island, NY
Stevenson True Value Hardware
(716) 791-3312
2535 Youngstown Lockport Rd
Ransomville, NY
Ed Youngs True Value Hdw.
(716) 632-3150
5641 Main St
Williamsville, NY
Data Provided by:
  

Provided By:

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.

Click here to read full article from Tools of the Trade

Related Articles
- Fasteners and Connectors Niagara Falls NY
Some of the fasteners and connectors on the market are engineered for better performance in a variety of materials, including popular wood alternatives like PVC and composite trims, while other new introductions help solve common fastener and connector issues.
- Frugal House Framing Niagara Falls NY
- Fighting Fastener Corrosion Niagara Falls NY
- Forklift Operation Niagara Falls NY
- Engineered Lumber Niagara Falls NY
- Home Exterior Ideas Niagara Falls NY
- Green Products - Product Reviews Niagara Falls NY
- Ergonomic Principles of Forklift Design Niagara Falls NY
- Festool Circ Saw and Guide Rail System Niagara Falls NY
- Green Building Products Niagara Falls NY