Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Riverhead NY

Engineered lumber in Riverhead 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

Shinnecock Hardware
(631) 728-4602
91 W Montauk Hwy
Hampton Bays, NY
Lowe's
(631) 207-4541
2796 Route 112
Medford, NY
UNIVERSAL TOOL
(631) 281-4147
1175 MONTAUK HIGHWAY MASTIC, NY, 11950
Mastic, NY
The Home Depot
(631)286-0210
20 Farber Drive
Bellport, NY
Patchogue - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 447-7304
367 Sunrise Hwy 389
Patchogue, NY
Shelter Island Hardware
(631) 749-0097
4 Grand Avenue
Shelter Island Heights, NY
Southold Hardware Corp
(631) 779-2676
54795 Route 25
Southold, NY
LOWE'S OF MEDFORD, NY
631 207-4541
2796 ROUTE 112 MEDFORD, NY, 11763
Medford, NY
Grays True Value
(631) 924-3205
1878 Route 25
Ridge, NY
The Home Depot
(631)395-3764
399 William Floyd Pkwy
Shirley, 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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