Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Queensbury NY

Engineered lumber in Queensbury 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

Ron's Hardware Inc
(518) 644-9600
4979 Lake Shore Dr
Bolton Landing, NY
Fastenal- Queensbury
518-793-3333
17 Boulevard Queensbury, NY, 12804
Queensbury, NY
LOWE'S OF GLENS FALLS, N. Y.
518 798-9050
251 QUAKER RD. QUEENSBURY, NY, 12804
Queensbury, NY
The Home Depot
(518)798-8301
820 Route 9
Queensbury, NY
Kmart 4928 / Cross Merch
(518) 743-0290
308 Dix Avenue
Queensbury, NY
Noble Ace Hardware
(518) 761-6777
80 William St, Hannaford on Rte. 9
South Glens Falls, NY
St Andrews Ace Hardware
(518) 792-2193
827 State Route 9, McDonalds Glen Street
Queensbury, NY
GUNS & HOSES
(518) 746-9040
1075 Dix Ave Hudson Falls, NY, 12839
Hudson Falls, NY
Braley & Noxon
518-251-2855
4033 St Rt 9
Warrensburg, NY
Lowe's
(518) 798-9050
251 Quaker Road
Queensbury, 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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