Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Staten Island NY

Engineered lumber in Staten Island 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

Town Hardware Inc
(732) 388-3200
26 Westfield Ave
Clark, NJ
Prince Lumber Company
212-777-1150
404 West 15th St
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(973)472-4600
955 Bloomfield Ave
Clifton, NJ
The Home Depot
(718)333-9850
2970 Cropsey Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Middletown - A
(732) 706-6265
1500 Highway 35
Middletown, NJ
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Boro Hardware & Paint Co
(732) 548-3974
655 Middlesex Ave
Metuchen, NJ
Active Lumber
718-492-5000
6119 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(201)963-6513
180 Twelfth Street
Jersey City, NJ
Newport Centre Mall
(201) 420-5300
50 Mall Dr West
Jersey City, 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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