Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Valley Stream NY

Engineered lumber in Valley Stream 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

Pintchik
(718) 783-3333
478 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY
GENERAL MACHINERY INC
(212) 226-7835
358 BROOME STREET NEW YORK, NY, 10013
New York, NY
LOWE'S OF BROOKLYN, NY
718 249-1151
118 2ND AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY, 11215
Brooklyn, NY
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(718) 871-4500
890 CONEY ISLAND AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY, 11218
Brooklyn, NY
Queens Lumber Company, Inc
718-539-0400
34-41 College Point Blvd
Flushing, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's
(718) 249-1151
118 2Nd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
KASS INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY/Bronx
(718) 299-6060
1715 Washington Ave Bronx, NY, 10457
Bronx, NY
LOWE'S OF GARDEN CITY, NY
516 794-6531
700 DIBBLEE DRIVE GARDEN CITY, NY, 11530
Garden City, NY
Nunez Depot
718-665-8380
2756 3rd Avenue
Bronx, 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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