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Re: WOOD - Engineered Lumber vs. Sawn Lumber

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Depths, I'm not sure of, but the widths of LVL's (1-3/4" (doubled),
3-1/2", 5-1/4", etc.) are produced so that they can be used in header
situations without a plywood spacer as would be required with sawn
lumber.  This is my understanding, anyway.

Dan Vines, EIT

> While we are on the subject - Why is it that Trus Joist (or Lousiana
> Pacific
> or the other manufactered wood products companies) do not provide
> manufactured beams in conventional depths to sawn lumber. Why not
> produce a
> 5 1/2" x 11 1/2" member rather than an 11 7/8" beam. I have had to
> juggle
> details in order to fit a manufactured beam into locations where I
> could use
> a sawn lumber.