Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Pittsford NY

Engineered lumber in Pittsford 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

Woodcraft - Rochester
585-292-9690
Henrietta Plaza
Rochester, NY
Fastenal- Rochester
585-424-2860
2856 West Henrietta Rd Rochester, NY, 14623
Rochester, NY
LOWE'S OF WEBSTER, NY
585 787-7900
900 FIVE MILE LINE ROAD WEBSTER, NY, 14580
Webster, NY
Kmart 3295 / Cross Merch
(716) 227-4350
3049 W Ridge Rd
Rochester, NY
Marketplace Mall
(585) 475-8255
10 Miracle Mile Dr
Rochester, NY
Bristol Valley Hardwoods of Rochester
585-229-5695
4054 Bristol Valley Road Route 64
Canandaigua, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Rochester
585-247-8100
1450 Lyell Ave Rochester, NY, 14606
Rochester, NY
LOWE'S OF CANANDAIGUA, NY
585 919-3300
4200 RECREATION DRIVE CANANDAIGUA, NY, 14424
Canandaigua, NY
Crown Electric Supply Co Inc
585-265-2480
75 Route 104
Union Hill, NY
Greece Ridge Ctr
(585) 723-5300
317 Greece Ridge Center Dr
Rochester, 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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