Originally Posted By: roconnor
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Jerry … I have actually seen worse that was much less expensive to jack up and shore, than demo and rebuild … thats a last resort in my book.
Had one worse than that a few weeks ago where I walked in the basement and almost immediately walked out. Lots of problems, but the kicker was a multi-ply main girder with cracked outer plies and bearing on the edge of a 2x6 crushed down about 1" ... ready to let go. Wasn't obvious until they removed some drywall for me because I smelled problems. Had them go buy 1/2 dozen tiger jacks right then to immediately shore it up. Contractors had missed that. Scary stuff and lots of problems, but repair costs are still far less than the dozer option.
The strange part was that the contractor they called in to do the shoring (pretty well known) also started installing replacement beams and posts. Turns out the framing isn't so simple and beams installed are undersized and now need reinforcement.
Homeowners and many HI's just don't get that it is much better to spend the money up front to have an SE look at things and advise what needs to be done, instead of just winging it or hoping that a contractor uses a good engineer to advise them. I can't count the number of times I get called in by a homeowner who gets prices that vary greatly and they are not sure who is right. Usually turns out that the really low guys are missing things or just dont fully understand the problems.
Just my 2-nickels as an engineer also ... ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)
Robert O'Connor, PE
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