Originally Posted by Daniel Holzman
Yes I am a professional engineer, but I certainly do not think that is a negative. I always try to find the best solution to a client's problem, that is what engineers do
I have been around engineers most of my working life, and I fully agree with Daniel Holzman. I don't understand the adversarial relationship some trades think they must foster with engineers. When you understand what they are trying to accomplish, and to the professional and design standards their designs are held to, then you will start to understand that the vast majority are engineering structures the way they have to.
While it is true that many lumber yards can supply fully documented engineered wood products at no or little additional charge, they must be given correct drawings of the structure to base their calculations on. Site visits without a hefty additional charge are unlikely. In a remodel situation, there may be no drawings reliable enough for any engineer to base beam size upon, and a site visit becomes a necessity