Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Potsdam NY

Engineered lumber in Potsdam 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 Potsdam
315-268-6960
61 Country Lane Potsdam, NY, 13676
Potsdam, NY
Rex Hardware
315-379-0256
125 E Main St
Canton, NY
Triple A Building Center
315-764-0596
3 Malby Lane
Massena, NY
The Home Depot
(315)764-9930
41 Stephenville Road
Massena, NY
St Lawrence Ctr
(315) 764-3500
6129 Saint Lawrence Ctr
Massena, NY
Fastenal- Massena
315-769-3278
166 Harte Haven Plaza Massena, NY, 13662
Massena, NY
Evans & White Ace
(315) 265-4350
1 Maple St, opposite Trinity Episcopal Church on Fall Island
Potsdam, NY
Triple A Do it Best Bldg Ctr
315-386-4531
25 Commerce Lane
Canton, NY
Caswell True Value
(315) 388-5914
126 St Lawrence Avenue
Waddington, NY
Lowe's
(315) 268-6960
61 Country Lane
Potsdam, 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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