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1 3/4" LVL for rim joist on TJI system

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I've been hovering around here for awhile. A lot of good information! I'm a Superintendent of an apartment complex. It's closing out and the amount of overage is ridiculous! Ill be building a house for myself in the next year or so. My question is, I have many 18" tall 1 3/4" LVLs, can I rip them down to use with a TJI floor system on a 1 story ranch? Also my TJIs will be 11 7/8". Should I rip them to that length or to 12" to make sure it catches all the load? TJI brand LVLs show a special grain pattern... Thanks!
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Why not sell the lvl and buy rim board, and pocket some cash. what do you mean by catch the load? The tji should sit on the sill plate and the rim board ties the joists together
hes a superintendent so prob ain't got the first clue how a house or building is constructed. but i would do same as you. sell the other material and buy the correct material.
Why not sell the lvl and buy rim board, and pocket some cash. what do you mean by catch the load? The tji should sit on the sill plate and the rim board ties the joists together
Or since they belong to the GC, maybe he should return them to the lumber yard for credit for his employer.:whistling

Just sayin'...........
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No credits. It's paid for and part of the building package. They'll take it back...but no credit. Sounds like you guys have ran into supers like me who make you do the job you're contracted to do, never understand why it makes you so mad. So you guys are saying the free material won't work so go buy new?? I believe the rim board comes a 1/16 to an 1/8 taller than the TJIs in case of shrinkage and eliminate any chance of crushing them. Not totally sure, we only use floor truss systems or steel.
In my experience it's usually smaller, to allow for swelling
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But I would use the lvl for headers and stringers way before I would use it for a rim board
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Yes you could rip them and use them for rim joist...I'd make them 11 7/8".
That's ALOT of waste and ALOT of work.
I'd try to sell them first and get the proper material to use. Heck, you can try to sell them here on the contractor swap forum.
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Way to get off on the right foot, this being your first post and all.

I might have offered a little advice, but not now.
Sounds like you guys have ran into supers like me who make you do the job you're contracted to do, never understand why it makes you so mad.
x2. Use the LVLs as headers. Using it as rim is a huge waste. Sell it on CL, it's worth 3x what the TJI's are worth (or something I buy brick and stone but I know it's A LOT more)
I got unit of Doug fir 2x10's for headers. Stair stringers are a good idea. My first and maybe last post on this site. Thanks.
Why do you have a problem with his comment? He's saying that his job is to do as he's told and get built what's designed whether he thinks it makes sense or not, just as our job is to build what's designed whether we think it makes sense or not. He's also being self deprecating by saying he doesn't really know what to do, just how to tell people to do it
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Way to get off on the right foot, this being your first post and all.

I might have offered a little advice, but not now.
You can use them for your rim board however in my opinion the time spent ripping down LVL is not worth it (rim board is relatively cheap). We rip a lot of LVL down for odd size headers, and you really can't push the saw to hard through the material without it bogging down and overheating. If you do decide to use them, rip them to 11 7/8, and use a 11 15/16" squash block nailed vertically to the joist to transfer the wall load as you mentioned.
He said 18" ers. I wonder how long? He'll still have to chop them up to smithereens to use as headers in a one story ranch.
I've been hovering around here for awhile. A lot of good information! I'm a Superintendent of an apartment complex. It's closing out and the amount of overage is ridiculous! Ill be building a house for myself in the next year or so. My question is, I have many 18" tall 1 3/4" LVLs
I got unit of Doug fir 2x10's for headers. Stair stringers are a good idea. My first and maybe last post on this site. Thanks.
Wow... What else did you 'get'?:rolleyes:

Just a question from a contractor that doesn't need 'a super like you' to do what I'm contracted to do...
My question wasn't really should I, but CAN I. Will it structurally work..
"Stupid" was never used. It's always ends up "what is the least I can do for the most amount of money". That's why I'll always have a job. It's a constant game.
Yes. It's just kind of a waste of an 18" LVL.
My question wasn't really should I, but CAN I. Will it structurally work..
I'll buy you rim board if I can have the lvl
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The least you can do is to sell the LVL and buy rim board. But rip it if you want, maybe your time is free
"Stupid" was never used. It's always ends up "what is the least I can do for the most amount of money". That's why I'll always have a job. It's a constant game.
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