Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Yonkers NY

Engineered lumber in Yonkers 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

LOWE'S OF N. BERGEN, N.J.
201 662-0932
7801 TONNELLE AVENUE NORTH BERGEN, NJ, 07047
North Bergen, NJ
Hometown Hardware
201-768-0330
259 Closter Dock Rd
Closter, NJ
Decorama Bldg & Plb Supply Inc
718-651-1800
1233 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(201)868-8125
7605 Tonnelle Avenue
North Bergen, NJ
Kmart 9419 / Cross Merch
(718) 821-2412
66-26 Metropolitan Ave
Middle Vlg, NY
Herman's Has Everything
800-273-4376
1070 Linwood Street Brooklyn, NY, 11208
Brooklyn, NY
Cos Cob Hardware
203-869-9254
136 Post Road
Cos Cob, CT
Howard Supply
212-971-3127
399 8th Avenue
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(201)226-9929
99 State Route 17 North
Lodi, NJ
The Home Depot
(845)627-2038
43 Hutton Ave
Nanuet, 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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