Originally Posted By: roconnor
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I agree with Jeff that it looks like there is a joint in the glu-lam girder at the pier, and therefore that is a critical support. Looks like a wood hack post next to the pier to “fix” the problem too …
Be very careful about crossing the "evaluation" line which can get you in trouble. Look for visual indications of sagging members (there shouldn't be any pronounced deflection of structural members in a home), check for flexibility (bounce) and significant floor slope, and look for signs of improper construction and deterioration from a visual examination and limited probing.
Even if there wasn't a joint there, it is well beyond a home inspection to determine adequate girder support spacing (particularly for engineered lumber like glu-lams where rules of thumb don't apply). If there is a large pier present it must be assumed it is a needed support ... particularly for new construction.
Red flag it as in need of evaluation and probable repair, and move on.
Robert O'Connor, PE
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