Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Rochester NY

Engineered lumber in Rochester 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

Ace Hardware Rochester
(585) 594-1110
3861 Buffalo Rd, West of Manitou Rd.
Rochester, NY
Fastenal- Rochester
585-232-2320
116 Saint Paul St Rochester, NY, 14604
Rochester, NY
LOWE'S OF WEBSTER, NY
585 787-7900
900 FIVE MILE LINE ROAD WEBSTER, NY, 14580
Webster, NY
The Home Depot
(585)223-2510
7600 Commons Blvd
Victor, NY
Victor - A
(585) 421-3300
200 Eastview Mall
Victor, NY
Woodcraft - Rochester
585-292-9690
Henrietta Plaza
Rochester, NY
Lowe's
(315) 903-9962
1605 Macedon Parkway
Macedon, NY
J. Kozel/Tool Ranch
(585) 436-9807
1150 Scottsville Rd Rochester, NY, 14624
Rochester, NY
The Home Depot
(585)342-0970
1111 E Ridge Rd
Rochester, NY
Kmart 3282 / Cross Merch
(585) 426-0760
810 Paul Rd
Rochester, 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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