Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Woodhaven NY

Engineered lumber in Woodhaven 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

Haworth Hardware
201-384-8146
300 St Nicholas Ave
Haworth, NJ
Oriental Lumber Do it Best
718-386-8200
1154 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(718)661-4608
124-04 31st Avenue
Flushing, NY
The Home Depot
(718)692-7296
5700 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY
Lake Success S/C
(516) 574-5500
1400 Union Tpke
New Hyde Park, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Prince Lumber Company
212-777-1150
404 West 15th St
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(718)862-9800
1806 E Gunhill Rd
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(718)558-8640
92-30 168th Street
Jamaica, NY
Queens -Sears Hardware Stores
(718) 776-8156
22005 Hillside Ave
Queens Vlg, 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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