Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Utica NY

Engineered lumber in Utica 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- Utica
315-792-9002
2150 Oriskany Street West Utica, NY, 13502
Utica, NY
LOWE'S OF UTICA, N. Y.
315 793-3812
710 HORATIO STREET UTICA, NY, 13502
Utica, NY
Doyle Hardware Co Inc
315-723-7398
100 First St
Utica, NY
Rome General Lbr Co Inc
(315) 336-2600
529 Erie Blvd W
Rome, NY
Kmart 4362 / Cross Merch
(315) 736-0876
4645 Commercial Dr
New Hartford, NY
Lowe's
(315) 793-3812
710 Horatio Street
Utica, NY
Lowe's of New Hartford
315-351-4242
4699 Middle Settlement Road New Hartford, NY, 13413
New Hartford, NY
Cavo Builders Supplies
315-724-5970
1027 Jefferson Ave
Utica, NY
Ilion True Value Hdw.
(315) 894-5274
39 W Clark St
Ilion, NY
Lowe's
(315) 867-5520
182 Lowes Boulevard
Herkimer, 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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