Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Watertown NY

Engineered lumber in Watertown 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

O D Greene Ace Home Center
(315) 232-4800
10799 U S Route 11
Adams, NY
Reinman's Dept Store Inc
(315) 686-5222
435 Riverside Dr
Clayton, NY
LOWE'S OF WATERTOWN, N.Y.
315 779-0059
20828 NEW YORK STATE, RTE 3 WATERTOWN, NY, 13601
Watertown, NY
Lafargeville Agway
(315) 658-2211
Ny Route 411
La Fargeville, NY
Salmon Run Mall
(315) 785-6300
I-81 & Arsenal Rt 3
Watertown, NY
Noble Ace Hardware
(315) 782-5964
531 State St
Watertown, NY
O D Greene Lumber Co Inc
(315) 646-2222
14481 Nys Route 3
Sackets Harbor, NY
Fastenal- Watertown
315-782-1200
522 Bradley Street Watertown, NY, 13601
Watertown, NY
Farney's Inc Hme/Bldg Ctr
(315) 493-3500
11099 NYS Rte 26, .25 mile south of McDonalds/Rite Aid on NYS RT 26
Carthage, NY
The Home Depot
(315)788-8539
391 College Heights
Watertown, 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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