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
Morales Department Store
718-299-6668
1862 Jerome Ave
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(718)661-4608
124-04 31st Avenue
Flushing, NY
Jefferson Valley Mall
(914) 248-2500
600 Lee Blvd
Yorktown Hts, NY
Contractors Supply- Stamford
203-323-3752
17 Viaduct Rd Stamford, CT, 06907
Stamford, CT
On Time Supply
845-352-8600
14 Melnick Dr Monsey, NY, 10952
Monsey, NY
Hometown Hardware
201-768-0330
259 Closter Dock Rd
Closter, NJ
The Home Depot
(718)507-9007
73-01 25th Avenue
East Elmhurst, NY
Kmart 9420 / Cross Merch
(718) 430-9439
1998 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, 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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