Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Olean NY

Engineered lumber in Olean 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- Olean
716-372-1503
515 North Union Olean, NY, 14760
Olean, NY
Franklinville True Value Home Center
(716) 676-9964
3016 Bakerstand Rd
Franklinville, NY
Bisett Bldg Ctr & True Value Hdw.
(814) 368-6146
142 Davis St
Bradford, PA
The Home Depot
(716)372-3725
1900 Dan Eaton Drive
Olean, NY
Kmart 7695 / Cross Merch
(716) 373-2220
2801 W State St
Olean, NY
West Penn Hardwoods, Inc.
(716)373-6434
230 South Clinton Street
Olean, NY
Costa's Ace Hardware
(814) 887-5542
323 Water Street
Smethport, PA
Closes Lumber Co
(716) 372-8888
625 N Union St Ext
Olean, NY
Burleson True Value
(814) 642-7111
512 North Main Street
Port Allegany, PA
Bradford - Auth Hometown
(814) 362-6999
560 Chestnut Street Ext
Bradford, PA
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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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