Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber White Plains NY

Engineered lumber in White Plains 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- Bronx
718-409-9411
1600 Stillwell Bronx, NY, 10461
Bronx, NY
Ring's End Lumber/Darien
(203) 655-2525
181 West Ave Darien, CT, 06820
Darien, CT
Montvale Hardware & Supply Co
201-391-5200
8 Railroad Avenue
Montvale, NJ
The Home Depot
(718)401-2520
600 Exterior Street
Bronx, NY
Nanuet Mall
(845) 627-4500
75 W Route 59 Ste 100
Nanuet, NY
Soundview Hardware
(516) 944-1757
3A Soundview Market Place, Clearview Cinema Theater
Port Washington, NY
LOWE'S OF ORANGEBURG, NY
845 613-6000
206 ROUTE 303 ORANGEBURG, NY, 10962
Orangeburg, NY
Weed & Duryea Do it Best Lbr
203-966-2673
21 Grove Street
New Canaan, CT
Queens Lumber Company, Inc
718-539-0400
34-41 College Point Blvd
Flushing, NY
The Home Depot
(914)963-3003
601 South Sprain Rd
Yonkers, 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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