I should already know better than to never say 'never'....
I stand corrected.
Although I have occaisionally seen finger jointed studs only in my region, I have never seen finger jointed lumber engineered specifically for joists or rafters.
In fact, the LAST time I even SAW finger jointed studs used in my region was 4-5 years ago. The FJ studs were ALWAYS more expensive than standard dimensional studs, so for cost reasons alone, the lumber was never embraced as a viable building alternative around here.
Goes to show you, however, that engineered lumbers and plywoods of all types can be built equal to or better than naturally occuring products.
For OSB, cost is about half that of conventional plywood for us. FJ studs cost more than standard dimensional studs....so
cost still seems to be the limiting factor to their acceptance, however.
Appreciate treebeard taking the time to set the record straight...Thanks.
[This message has been edited by homebild (edited August 16, 2003).]