Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Webster NY

Engineered lumber in Webster 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

Ace Hardware Rochester
(585) 594-1110
3861 Buffalo Rd, West of Manitou Rd.
Rochester, NY
LOWE'S OF WEBSTER, NY
585 787-7900
900 FIVE MILE LINE ROAD WEBSTER, NY, 14580
Webster, NY
The Home Depot
(585)247-0220
2361 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY
The Home Depot
(585)342-0970
1111 E Ridge Rd
Rochester, NY
Kmart 3837 / Cross Merch
(585) 787-0030
950 Ridge Rd
Webster, NY
Woodcraft - Rochester
585-292-9690
Henrietta Plaza
Rochester, NY
Fastenal- Victor
585-924-1910
6280 Rt 96 Ste B Victor, NY, 14564
Victor, NY
Crown Electric Supply Co Inc
585-265-2480
75 Route 104
Union Hill, NY
The Home Depot
(585)427-0390
770 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY
Kmart 3282 / Cross Merch
(585) 426-0760
810 Paul Rd
Rochester, 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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