Laminated Strand Lumber Product Introduced
Trus Joist MacMillan, makers of the Silent Floor™ framing system, have just introduced a rim joist made especially for use with that system. The new product is made from a new type of manufactured lumber called Timberstrand LSL™ (Laminated Strand Lumber), which is basically a next-generation, high-end oriented strand board (OSB). The new rim boards are 1 1/ 4" thick, and come in widths matching those of TJM’s I-beam joists. The standard lengths are 11' 8" and 17' 6", and the retail cost for the 11 7/ 8" wide board is about $1.25 per linear foot.Dave Wooden of Brownsburg, Indiana is one of the first builders to have used these boards, which are only now reaching retailers in many parts of the country. When asked about the product, he sounded enthusiastic. “I really like it. It’s much easier to deal with, and saves lots of time ripping down plywood.” Unlike the 3/ 4" plywood commonly used for rim boards, the Timberstrand product is thick enough to nail the floor decking into, which helps to tie the house together. ...