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

Lowe's of Patchogue
631-687-6220
825 Mantauk Highway East Patchogue, NY, 11772
East Patchogue, NY
Caguas Commercial
(787) 743-4001
Carretera 189 Km 2.5
Caguas, NY
Islip True Value Hardware
(631) 581-0951
445 Main St
Islip, NY
Brinkmann True Value Hdwe
(631) 567-6879
15 Foster Ave
Sayville, NY
5137 Nesconset Hwy
(631) 476-0438
Rr 347
Pt Jefferson, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(631) 467-6565
2120 Middle Country Rd, Pathmark
Centereach, NY
Ace Hardware
(631) 751-9500
Three Vlg Shpg Ctr, 1366 Rte 25 A, King Kullen Shopping Center
East Setauket, NY
Ferreteria Del Hogar True Value Hdwe.
(787) 793-1874
5 Tabonuco Caparra Ind Park
Guaynabo, NY
Agnew & Taylor True Value
(631) 588-8720
501 Hawkins Ave
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
The Home Depot
(631)732-9200
401 Independence Plaza
Selden, 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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