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
Weed & Duryea Do it Best Lbr
203-966-2673
21 Grove Street
New Canaan, CT
Buchanan Home Center, Inc
914-737-1912
3119 Albany Post Rd
Buchanan, NY
The Home Depot
(914)235-7575
55 Weyman Ave
New Rochelle, NY
White Plains - A
(914) 644-1400
100 Main St
White Plains, NY
Mitchell Simon Co Inc
(201) 568-2108
15 S Dean St
Englewood, NJ
Fastenal- Yonkers
914-378-0901
200 Saw Mill River Rd Yonkers, NY, 10701
Yonkers, NY
Morales Home Center Express
718-665-8380
2800 Third Ave
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(718)401-2520
600 Exterior Street
Bronx, 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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