Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Penfield NY

Engineered lumber in Penfield 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- Ontario
315-524-4255
1238 Route 104 Ontario, NY, 14519
Ontario, NY
Lowe's of Macedon
315-903-9962
1605 Macedon Parkway Macedon, NY, 14502
Macedon, NY
Crown Electric Supply Co Inc
585-265-2480
75 Route 104
Union Hill, NY
Lowe's
(585) 424-1340
2350 Marketplace Drive
Rochester, NY
Kmart 3837 / Cross Merch
(585) 787-0030
950 Ridge Rd
Webster, NY
Woodcraft - Rochester
585-292-9690
Henrietta Plaza
Rochester, NY
Fastenal- Rochester
585-424-2860
2856 West Henrietta Rd Rochester, NY, 14623
Rochester, NY
Secor Do it Best Hardware
315-524-4052
6260 Furnace Road
Ontario, NY
The Home Depot
(585)865-1900
1250 West Ridge Road
Greece, NY
Kmart 7608 / Cross Merch
(585) 223-8310
10 Cobblestone Court Dr
Victor, 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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