Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Suffern NY

Engineered lumber in Suffern 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
TOOL NUT
(914) 621-0200
247 MAHOPAC AVENUE YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, 10598
Yorktown Heights, NY
Roe Brothers
845-651-4025
65 Maple Avenue
Florida, NY
The Home Depot
(201)818-9754
465 State Highway 17
Mahwah, NJ
Kmart 9416 / Cross Merch
(914) 684-1184
399 Tarrytown Rd
White Plains, NY
BOARDS & BEAMS, CO.
(973) 299-6100
48 OLD JACKSONVILLE ROAD
TOWACO, NJ
Lowe's of Clarkstown
845-351-3500
100 Overlook Blvd Nanuet, NY, 10954
Nanuet, NY
Ramsey Hardware & Paint
201-327-0433
14 East Main
Ramsey, NJ
Pomona Do it Best Hardware
845-364-5678
1581 Route 202
Pomona, NY
The Home Depot
(914)593-7110
1 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, 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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