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

Fastenal- Stamford
203-359-4186
330 Fairfield Avenue Stamford, CT, 06902
Stamford, CT
Woodlawn Supply
914-663-0900
772 McLean Ave
Yonkers, NY
The Home Depot
(914)963-3003
601 South Sprain Rd
Yonkers, NY
Bergenfield - Sears Hardware Stores
(201) 244-9160
450 S Washington Ave
Bergenfield, NJ
Jefferson Valley Mall
(914) 248-2500
600 Lee Blvd
Yorktown Hts, NY
Fastenal- Buchanan
914-736-0156
12B White St Buchanan, NY, 10511
Buchanan, NY
Buchanan Home Center, Inc
914-737-1912
3119 Albany Post Rd
Buchanan, NY
The Home Depot
(845)348-0566
2024 Palisades Ctr Dr
West Nyack, NY
Paramus Park
(201) 967-0300
585 From Rd
Paramus, NJ
Sears Home Appliance Showroom
(914) 241-2291
360 N Bedford Rd
Mt Kisco, 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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