Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Shirley NY

Engineered lumber in Shirley 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

Fastenal- Holbrook
631-218-3485
920 Lincoln Ave Holbrook, NY, 11741
Holbrook, NY
Caguas Commercial
(787) 743-4001
Carretera 189 Km 2.5
Caguas, NY
Ferreteria Amador
(787) 898-4060
Buzon 94 Carretera 2 Km 88.3
Hatillo, NY
Kmart 3862 / Cross Merch
(631) 567-3060
5151 Sunrise Hwy
Bohemia, NY
Shirley - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 281-7686
1019 Montauk Hwy
Shirley, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Bohemia
631-285-7710
2950 Veterans Memorial Hwy Bohemia, NY, 11716
Bohemia, NY
Ace Hardware
(631) 751-9500
Three Vlg Shpg Ctr, 1366 Rte 25 A, King Kullen Shopping Center
East Setauket, NY
Comercial Tortuguero, Inc
(787) 858-2965
Carr #2 Km 41.3
Vega Baja, NY
Ferreteria Arilope True Value
(787) 891-0750
Carretera #2 Km. 124.7
Aguadilla, NY
Smith-Haven Mall
(631) 361-5259
4 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove, 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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