Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Scarsdale NY

Engineered lumber in Scarsdale 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

Lowe's
(516) 794-6531
700 Dibblee Drive
Garden City, NY
LOWE'S OF GARDEN CITY, NY
516 794-6531
700 DIBBLEE DRIVE GARDEN CITY, NY, 11530
Garden City, NY
Morales Home Center Express
718-665-8380
2800 Third Ave
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(201)271-1200
1055 Paterson Plank Rd
Secaucus, NJ
The Home Depot
(914)235-7575
55 Weyman Ave
New Rochelle, NY
Soundview Hardware
(516) 944-1757
3A Soundview Market Place, Clearview Cinema Theater
Port Washington, NY
Fastenal- Stamford
203-359-4186
330 Fairfield Avenue Stamford, CT, 06902
Stamford, CT
Ace Hardware
(201) 768-7377
206 Pegasus Ave
Northvale, NJ
Schall Paint & Hardware
914-965-3339
311 Saw Mill River Rd
Yonkers, NY
The Home Depot
(914)593-7110
1 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, 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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