Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Ozone Park NY

Engineered lumber in Ozone Park 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

Hudson Supply of Newark LLC
(973) 578-8333
135 Lafayette St, Penn Station and Devils Arena
Newark, NJ
Fastenal- Woodside
718-507-8193
57-08 37th Avenue Woodside, NY, 11377
Woodside, NY
The Home Depot
(201)226-9929
99 State Route 17 North
Lodi, NJ
Kmart 4248 / Cross Merch
(718) 698-0900
2875 Richmond Ave
New Sprngvle, NY
Garden City - A
(516) 873-3700
1111 Franklin Ave
Garden City, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Soundview Hardware
(516) 944-1757
3A Soundview Market Place, Clearview Cinema Theater
Port Washington, NY
Brickman Outlets Inc
(212) 777-1500
125 W 3rd St, The Blue Note
New York, NY
Lowe's
(516) 733-7840
920 South Broadway
Hicksville, NY
Kmart 7654 / Cross Merch
(718) 671-5377
300 Baychester Ave
Bronx, 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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