Tech Talk

Design Advantages of Solid Section Beams

in Tech Talk, Trus Joist

Homes are increasingly being designed with more open spaces, larger rooms and atypical framing conditions.  Not surprisingly, these changes have resulted in an increased demand for Engineered Wood Products (EWP), notably beams that can carry heavier loads across greater spans.   Parallam® PSL provides superior strength and stiffness to address the more demanding conditions of many […]

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Eastern Parallam® PSL is a high quality beam manufactured at our Buckhannon, WV plant

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What makes Eastern Parallam PSL special/unique? PSL Technology– Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL) is made from 8’ long veneer sheets clipped into ¾” wide strands.  These strands are longitudinally oriented; coated with an exterior type structural adhesive; and, densified to a prescribed specification.  The billet is cured using microwave technology resulting in a finished billet measuring […]

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Wood Beam Design and Installation Considerations

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Wood Beam Design and Installation Considerations The successful design and installation of engineered wood beams such as Microllam® LVL, TimberStrand® LSL and Parallam® PSL goes beyond just looking up a member in a table. Knowing how the beam will be loaded (either side loaded or top loaded) and the overall application of the member will […]

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5 Ways to Harness the Power of Forte®

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Since its initial release several years ago, our easy to use yet powerful Forte® member sizing software has continued to evolve, incorporating new features with each release.  Here are a few great advantages that you can use to save time and get the most out of Forte®. Use Load Linking to Minimize Manual Entry Structural […]

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Meeting New Code Requirements with TimberStrand® LSL Floor Joists

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TimberStrand® LSL has traditionally been specified as an efficient and cost effective solution for beam or wall framing member (click here for more information on TimberStrand® LSL).  Its high shear strength and dimensional stability make it the first choice for many residential and multifamily projects.  One application that is gaining popularity is using TimberStrand® LSL […]

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