Tech Talk

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

in Tech Talk, Trus Joist

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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Kitchen Island Design Considerations

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Kitchen islands are a common source of homeowner frustration with respect to floor performance.  When walking by the island, occupants may notice movement of the countertop or the rattling of a utensil holder.  Since many countertops are stone, it is often assumed the supporting floor joist system was not designed properly to account for the […]

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