Podcast Episode 126 — Wave Goodbye to Plywood?
Louisiana-Pacific interview: OSB, siding, sheds, studs, and other structural building products.
This special edition features Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink interviewing two LBM experts from Louisiana-Pacific. They are Brian St.Germain, director of quality and tech for engineered wood, and Scott Lockyear, national sales manager for specified markets. Brian and Scott are on the show to talk about engineered lumber.
They talk about oriented strand board (OSB) and related products, such as I-joists. OSB sheathing comes up too, especially in a competitive market. Justin asks about the limitations of plywood, and pressure treatment vs incorporating preservative directly into the OSB as part of the manufacturing process.
The conversation turns to siding, where LP offers a lightweight solution that is both strong and easy to cut. And the guys talk about sheds, which is another product line for Louisiana-Pacific.
Then Justin takes the guys deep into engineered lumber and engineered products. They look to a future with engineered studs and dimensionally stable wall systems. Finally, the talk turns to tools (specifically, using nailers and saws with engineered lumber) and big pieces, like 60-ft. long studs.
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Links for this episode:
- An interview with LP’s Brian St.Germain on the LP Engineered Wood blog.
- Floor-Framing Design.
- An Engineered Floor That Takes Wood out of the Walls.
- Exploring the Benefits of Engineered Floor Joists.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- What’s the Difference: Structural composite lumber.
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