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

Ace Hardware
(631) 929-5095
6281 Rte 25 A
Wading River, NY
Bens True Value Hardware
(631) 775-7435
55b Route 25 (middle Country Road)
Coram, 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
Patchogue - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 447-7304
367 Sunrise Hwy 389
Patchogue, NY
Lowe's
(631) 406-2015
2150 Nesconset Highway
Stony Brook, NY
Brinkmann Hardware
(631) 363-2116
125 Montauk Hwy
Blue Point, NY
Brinkmann True Value Hdwe
(631) 567-6879
15 Foster Ave
Sayville, NY
The Home Depot
(631)286-0210
20 Farber Drive
Bellport, NY
Kmart 3862 / Cross Merch
(631) 567-3060
5151 Sunrise Hwy
Bohemia, 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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