Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Patchogue NY

Engineered lumber in Patchogue 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

Long Island Hardware
(631) 467-1316
3606 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Just West of the Airport
Bohemia, NY
Lowe's of Patchogue
631-687-6220
825 Mantauk Highway East Patchogue, NY, 11772
East Patchogue, NY
Comercial Berrios Inc
(787) 739-2831
Barcelo #64
Cidra, NY
The Home Depot
(631)451-0685
346 Middle Country Rd
Coram, NY
Kmart 4868 / Cross Merch
(631) 369-0040
605 Old Country Rd
Riverhead, NY
Oakdale Paint & Hardware
(631) 567-9705
1460 Montauk Hwy
Oakdale, NY
Kass Ind Supply/Islandia
(631) 234-0740
3104 Expressway Drive South Islandia, NY, 11749
Islandia, NY
Brinkmann Hardware
(631) 363-2116
125 Montauk Hwy
Blue Point, NY
Ferreteria Del Hogar True Value Hdwe.
(787) 793-1874
5 Tabonuco Caparra Ind Park
Guaynabo, NY
The Home Depot
(631)284-2530
1550 Old Country Road
Riverhead, 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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