LVL Delivery

LVL Delivery

This morning the truck delivering the first floor beam parts arrived. Sarah and I were waiting for him, though unfortunately there weren’t any open spots along our street. I had expected a smaller truck that we’d offload pieces from individually, but he has a forklift on the back and was able to take the whole skid off in one shot.

Offloading the beam

Offloading the beam

He left it on the corner of the sidewalk and from there Sarah and I brought the pieces into the house one by one. When I scheduled the delivery they said not all of the column caps were in, but everything was delivered so it must have shown up in the mean time. Unfortunately the LVL must have been left out in the recent rains, because it was not only wet but a couple of the beam pieces actually warped. I’m not too happy about that. One of the supposed advantages of engineered wood is that it’s 100% straight and true, but that’s just when it’s made. Leaving it out in the elements, especially the rain we’ve had this month will warp nearly any wood-based product.

Beam pieces

Beam pieces

We put the warped pieces on the bottom and stacked everything on top of it. We’re hoping it will at least partially bow back into shape. If not I’ll have a fun time with the engineered screws getting it tight enough together that it will fit in the brackets. Tonight I’ll test fit and make sure the brackets will work and provided they will I’ll go pick up the bolts I need. Hopefully I can get the beam installed shortly.

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