Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Plattsburgh NY

Engineered lumber in Plattsburgh 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

Milton Ace Hardware
(802) 893-4100
380 Route 7 S, Apollo Diner
Milton, VT
LOWE'S OF PLATTSBURGH, N. Y.
518 561-6517
39 CENTRE DRIVE PLATTSBURGH, NY, 12901
Plattsburgh, NY
Champlain Ace Hardware
(518) 298-3355
872 Rte 11, Price Chopper
Champlain, NY
Alixs True Value
(518) 561-5981
34 Plattsburgh Plaza
Plattsburgh, NY
Champlain Ctr North
(518) 566-2700
60 Smithfield Blvd
Plattsburgh, NY
Adirondack Hardwoods
(518)293-8424
33 Chazy Lake Road
Saranac, NY
St Albans Ace Hardware
(802) 527-7007
133 N Main St Ste 25, St Albans Post Office
Saint Albans, VT
Bibens Ace-Burlington
(802) 862-6068
Ethan Allen Shopping Ctr, 1127 North Ave
Burlington, VT
Walker's Farm, Home & Tack
802-524-9255
555 Fairfax Rd
St. Albans, VT
Kmart 7044 / Cross Merch
(518) 561-8900
57 Centre Dr
Plattsburgh, 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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