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

Southold Hardware Corp
(631) 779-2676
54795 Route 25
Southold, NY
Mar-Jam Supply Inc.
631-298-8559
12585 Sound Avenue
Mattituck, NY
Suffolk Supply True Value
(631) 924-3935
1504 Rocky Point Rd
Middle Island, NY
Lowe's
(631) 687-6220
825 Montauk Highway
East Patchogue, NY
Shirley - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 281-7686
1019 Montauk Hwy
Shirley, NY
Shinnecock Hardware
(631) 728-4602
91 W Montauk Hwy
Hampton Bays, NY
LOWE'S OF MEDFORD, NY
631 207-4541
2796 ROUTE 112 MEDFORD, NY, 11763
Medford, NY
Mjn True Value
(631) 821-3567
691 Route 25a
Miller Place, NY
The Home Depot
(631)395-3764
399 William Floyd Pkwy
Shirley, NY
Patchogue - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 447-7304
367 Sunrise Hwy 389
Patchogue, 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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