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.

Local Companies

Fastenal- Yonkers
914-378-0901
200 Saw Mill River Rd Yonkers, NY, 10701
Yonkers, NY
LOWE'S OF ORANGEBURG, NY
845 613-6000
206 ROUTE 303 ORANGEBURG, NY, 10962
Orangeburg, NY
Hometown Hardware
201-768-0330
259 Closter Dock Rd
Closter, NJ
Lowe's
(973) 291-5000
1210 Route 23 North
Butler, NJ
Bergenfield - Sears Hardware Stores
(201) 244-9160
450 S Washington Ave
Bergenfield, NJ
Closure Systems, Inc.- Hackensack
201-646-1655
277 Lodi Street Hackensack, NJ, 07601
Hackensack, NJ
ICW/INDUSTRIAL COMPONENTS
(914) 777-3245
626 Third Street Mamaroneck, NY, 10543
Mamaroneck, NY
Airport Hardware
(201) 935-7780
111 Moonachie Ave
Moonachie, NJ
Andre's Hardware
914-793-7012
94 Kraft Ave
Bronxville, NY
Lowe's
(973) 341-8102
265 Mclean Boulevard
Paterson, NJ

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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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