Framer's Guide to Engineered Lumber Yorktown Heights NY

Engineered lumber in Yorktown Heights 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

Contractors Supply- Stamford
203-323-3752
17 Viaduct Rd Stamford, CT, 06907
Stamford, CT
Ring's End Lumber/South Salem
(914) 533-2517
Rte. 123 Smithfield Rd South Salem, NY, 10590
South Salem, NY
Keoughs Paint & Hardware
203-322-1641
907 High Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT
The Home Depot
(845)279-9669
80 Independence Way SE
Brewster, NY
Kmart 9416 / Cross Merch
(914) 684-1184
399 Tarrytown Rd
White Plains, NY
Ridgefield Hardware Co
(203) 438-2661
385 Main St
Ridgefield, CT
Lowe's of Danbury
203-546-6962
2 International Drive Danbury, CT, 06810
Danbury, CT
Family Discount Center
(914) 939-4321
112 S Ridge St
Rye Brook, NY
Kelloggs & Lawrence
914-232-3351
26-30 The Parkway
Katonah, NY
Lowe's
(203) 546-6962
67 Eagle Road
Danbury, CT

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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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