Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Sunnyside NY

Engineered lumber in Sunnyside 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

Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 280-7885
2323 Jericho Turnpike, In Pathmark Shopping Center/Near Charlie Brown's
Garden City Park, NY
Soundview Hardware
(516) 944-1757
3A Soundview Market Place, Clearview Cinema Theater
Port Washington, NY
Airport Hardware
(201) 935-7780
111 Moonachie Ave
Moonachie, NJ
Mar Jam Supply, Inc.
718-388-6465
20 Rewe Street
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(718)830-3323
75-09 Woodhaven Blvd
Glendale, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 431-2500
3965 Long Beach Rd, Outback
Island Park, NY
Lowe's
(718) 682-9027
2171 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Nunez Depot
718-665-8380
2756 3rd Avenue
Bronx, NY
Brite Hardware Auto Parts, Inc
718-849-8121
112-15 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 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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