Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Peekskill NY

Engineered lumber in Peekskill 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- Fishkill
845-897-4721
115 Old Route 9 Fishkill, NY, 12524
Fishkill, NY
Lowe's of Clarkstown
845-351-3500
100 Overlook Blvd Nanuet, NY, 10954
Nanuet, NY
B. Rose Hardware
845-446-2061
313 Main Street
Highland Falls, NY
The Home Depot
(914)528-1539
3131 E Main St
Mohegan Lake, NY
Newburgh Mall
(845) 566-2300
1401 Route 300
Newburgh, NY
Williams Lumber Inc
(845) 221-2751
908 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY
Fastenal- Suffern
845-357-9515
11 Washington Avenue Suffern, NY, 10901
Suffern, NY
Ring's End Lumber/South Salem
(914) 533-2517
Rte. 123 Smithfield Rd South Salem, NY, 10590
South Salem, NY
Sloatsburg Hardware
845-753-2725
88 Orange Turnpike
Sloatsburg, NY
Kmart 9462 / Cross Merch
(845) 561-2334
374 Windsor Hwy Rte 32
Vails Gate, 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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