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

Village Hardware
(315) 638-4026
43 E Genesee St
Baldwinsville, NY
Lowe's
(315) 350-8961
5701 East Circle Drive
Cicero, NY
Fastenal- Syracuse
315-463-4001
4101 New Court Ave Syracuse, NY, 13206
Syracuse, NY
McGowan's Hardware
315-687-6168
991 E Genesse St
Chittenango, NY
Kmart 4034 / Cross Merch
(315) 455-7393
2803 Brewerton Rd
Mattydale, NY
Village Ace Hardware
(315) 637-7696
204 S Manlius St
Fayetteville, NY
Lowe's
(315) 350-2220
5377 West Genesee Street
Camillus, NY
Lowe's
(315) 652-1200
3856 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Fastenal- Syracuse
315-474-0970
920 Spencer Street Syracuse, NY, 13204
Syracuse, NY
T & K Lumber Company Incorp.
315-689-3005
173 Rte 5 West
Elbridge, 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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