12:15 PM 01/25/2013
After opening up the ceilingin the basement, I just discovered major termite damage on the beams in the basement. To proceed, I would like to get a structural engineer give us a thorough recommendation as to what our course of action should be to ensure that the building is structurally sound going forward.
I've been looking for engineers and there does not seem to be many recommendations or ratings. I want someone reasonable and local. I see there are a lot of firm that are in the city and do commercial projects. I prefer someone who specializes in Brooklyn townhouses if that possible.
Any pointers would be hugely appreciated.
P.S. One office I called, the gentleman on the office told me not to bother with an inspection and given that the damage is rather extensive he said the best way to go is to replace all the beams with the metal ones and be done with that. Even if I wanted to do that, who do I hire for that kind of job? Is it any contractor? Are there firms that specialize in this kind of work? Thank you
P.S. is on the right track.
Though it would seem to the neophyte that seeking the advice of a structural engineer would be a good idea. No, no, no.
Structural engineers are specialists called upon to certify that a solution is both expensive and extensive. They live in fear that something they signed off on falls down.
You are allowed to repair in place as long as you don't change what was there, new stairs, new egress etc.
Installing new C-joists isn't rocket science, and many reputable contractors are capable of installing. We do our own so I can't reco someone, but you want to do it, without imperial ... entanglements.
3:57 PM 01/25/2013 | 0 Votes