Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Spring Valley NY

Engineered lumber in Spring Valley 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.

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Fastenal- Buchanan
914-736-0156
12B White St Buchanan, NY, 10511
Buchanan, NY
Haworth Hardware
201-384-8146
300 St Nicholas Ave
Haworth, NJ
Wadeson Home Center Inc.
845-986-2215
60 Forester Avenue
Warwick, NY
The Home Depot
(201)262-3344
520 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
The Home Depot
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Lowe's
(845) 351-3500
100 Overlook Boulevard
Nanuet, NY
Airport Hardware
(201) 935-7780
111 Moonachie Ave
Moonachie, NJ
Pomona Do it Best Hardware
845-364-5678
1581 Route 202
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99 State Route 17 North
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545 Route 46
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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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