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

Mayer Hardware, Inc
(585) 288-7665
226 Winton Rd N
Rochester, NY
Fastenal- Ontario
315-524-4255
1238 Route 104 Ontario, NY, 14519
Ontario, NY
Lowe's of Macedon
315-903-9962
1605 Macedon Parkway Macedon, NY, 14502
Macedon, NY
Avon True Value & Auto
(585) 226-8996
275 E Main Street
Avon, NY
200 Irondequoit Mall Dr
(585) 336-4455
200 Irondequoit Blvd
Rochester, NY
Woodcraft - Rochester
585-292-9690
Henrietta Plaza
Rochester, NY
Lowe's
(585) 787-7900
900 Five Mile Line Road
Webster, NY
LOWE'S OF HENRIETTA, N. Y.
585 424-1340
2350 MARKETPLACE DRIVE ROCHESTER, NY, 14623
Rochester, NY
Victor Coal & Lumber Inc
585-924-3033
32 School Street
Victor, NY
The Home Depot
(585)223-2510
7600 Commons Blvd
Victor, NY
Data Provided by:
  

Provided By:

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.

Click here to read full article from Tools of the Trade