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Old 06-27-2013, 05:40 AM   #1
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I'm looking for some opinions on whether or not I have a serious issue. This week I had a respected heating contractor install a ductless heat pump. When they drilled the approximately 3" hole to run the coolant lines through the exterior wall, they went right through the 2x6 stud. That is, they severed the top of the stud from the bottom. Is this a serious issue? Common sense tells me to avoid cutting structural supporting members such as this on a whim but I don't really know if it's a serious issue?

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Is your house going to fall down because of it, no.
A really stupid, easily could have been avoided mistake, should be fixed at there expense or there not going to learn a lesson.
I've seen far to many times where the HVAC and plumbing people have done stuff like this or a whole lot worst.

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is it load bearing? If it is then yes, it needs repaired.... If not, then no.
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is it load bearing? If it is then yes, it needs repaired.... If not, then no.

What he said.
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Well, I'll put it on my list of 'things they have to fix before they get paid in full' -- though I have no idea how something like that is fixed without quite a lot of work. I don't have x-ray vision, but I have no reason to believe that the stud isn't load bearing. It should be holding up the top plate which is in turn holding up the roof.

I know this isn't the right forum, but I'm going to gripe for a moment because it makes me feel better. I'm reasonably handy and this is a project which I probably could have completed, with some difficulty and over an extended period, on my own. However, air sourced heat pump installation is a fairly competitive market in this area right now and I believed that if I went with one of the several reputable heating companies in my area that have worked with ductless systems for years, as opposed to the many guys who just recently got into the business, I'd get a better looking more professional install than I could get on my own. Well, they just made some stupid mistakes that I either have to fight with them to get corrected, fix myself, or live with. It's simple things like leaving excess lengths and and failing to fasten the wiring in the basement, not caulking the wall penetrations, having to mount the line hide DIAGONALLY because they couldn't line up the wall penetrations, and of course, not locating the studs before they got out their 3" drill saw.

Thanks... End of vent...
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I'd be concerned.
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I installed my own ductless system, first time install and knew enough to check were the studs where.

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