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What type of contractor is best to evaluate sagging load bearing wall?

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Posted by: from Langley
2/13/2015 at 6:21:02 PM

One can visually see from the two car garage where the supporting beams run through it sags and has started to compress one of the posts. Would like some feed back on what do.

What type of contractor or business would be best suited to deal with something like this?

Only looking for feedback at this time.

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time2/13/2015 at 8:22:36 PM

My advise would be to call in a structural engineer in your area. They can advise you what needs to be done to correct the problem and also tell you who is best to call to correct it

Cheers,

Mark

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Manuel from A.A.U. Construction in Toronto
Date/Time2/13/2015 at 10:06:37 PM

Hi Rob,

Not much more to say than Mark from oakville said. He is dead on. (Structural engineer)

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Ryan from Rosko Inc in Hamilton
Date/Time2/14/2015 at 8:50:38 AM

A Structural engineer at this point would be best, then a licensed general contractor with a proven track record of structural restoration.

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Date/Time2/14/2015 at 2:51:55 PM

Hi Rob,

First you call is a contractor to inspect the problem and to give you solution to resolve the problem, then structural engineer to size the load bearing beams beams and support. Structural engineers works for contractor not contractor for structural engineer. He is the link between contractor and the building code.

Steve

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Date/Time2/15/2015 at 4:58:06 PM

Hi Rob

Agree with Mark, Manuel & Ryan; a structural engineer is qualified to advise. Also, as you will be carrying out structural repair work you will need a building permit and in order to obtain one you will probably need engineered drawings in any event.

Your local building inspector can probably recommend a good structural engineer in your area if you are unsure who to approach. Then, as Ryan said, a licensed, insured contractor who is experienced in structural repair/restoration to carry out the work per drawings.

It's also possible to go the other route - find a good, experienced General Contractor who will co-ordinate/liaise with both a structural engineer & codes. This will probably be more expensive (as you will pay for the GC's time to do this - & also some GC's mark-up on everything!) but they can oversee everything on your behalf.

Good luck with your project!

Michaela

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