Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Ossining NY

Engineered lumber in Ossining 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

Lowe's
(845) 351-3500
100 Overlook Boulevard
Nanuet, NY
Ace Hardware
(201) 768-7377
206 Pegasus Ave
Northvale, NJ
Keough's Paint & Hardware
203-544-8379
1 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT
Andre's Hardware
914-793-7012
94 Kraft Ave
Bronxville, NY
Nanuet Mall
(845) 627-4500
75 W Route 59 Ste 100
Nanuet, NY
Palmer Ace Hardware
(201) 262-0900
940 Kinderkamack Rd, Charlie Browns Restaurant in Oradell
River Edge, NJ
TOOL NUT
(914) 621-0200
247 MAHOPAC AVENUE YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, 10598
Yorktown Heights, NY
Weed & Duryea Do it Best Lbr
203-966-2673
21 Grove Street
New Canaan, CT
Ramsey Hardware & Paint
201-327-0433
14 East Main
Ramsey, NJ
Bergenfield - Sears Hardware Stores
(201) 244-9160
450 S Washington Ave
Bergenfield, 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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