Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Syracuse NY

Engineered lumber in Syracuse 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- Liverpool
315-451-3807
7184 Morgan Rd Liverpool, NY, 13090
Liverpool, NY
Kime's Do it Best Home Center
315-697-3232
3381 Seneca Turnpike
Canastota, NY
Nightingale True Value
(315) 433-5150
3525 James St
Syracuse, NY
Kmart 4034 / Cross Merch
(315) 455-7393
2803 Brewerton Rd
Mattydale, NY
Shoppngtown Mall
(315) 445-3800
3649 Erie Blvd E
De Witt, NY
Lowe's
(315) 652-1200
3856 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Tully Building Supply
315 696 8984
24 Onondaga St Tully, NY, 13159
Tully, NY
Buyeas True Value
(315) 655-3822
131 Albany St
Cazenovia, NY
Great Northern Mall
(315) 652-4800
4155 Rt 31
Clay, NY
Westvale Plz
(315) 488-1180
2214 W Genesse St
Syracuse, 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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