Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Watervliet NY

Engineered lumber in Watervliet 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

Lowe's
(518) 956-9407
1482 Central Avenue
Colonie, NY
Fastenal- Albany
518-465-4234
1074 Broadway Albany, NY, 12204
Albany, NY
Burnt Hills Hardware & Supply Co
(518) 399-8141
217 Kingsley Rd
Burnt Hills, NY
The Home Depot
(518)283-1819
600 N Greenbush Rd
Rensselaer, NY
Lowe's
(518) 348-2940
476 Route 146
Halfmoon, NY
Nassau Country Value
(518) 766-3717
3517 US Rte 20
Nassau, NY
Lowe's
(518) 382-8371
422 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY
LOWE'S OF COLONIE, NY
518 786-3350
800 LOUDON ROAD LATHAM, NY, 12110
Latham, NY
Phillips Hardware
518-346-4383
1729 Union St
Schenectady, NY
Lowe's
(518) 952-8789
93 Freemans Bridge Road
Glenville, 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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