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Old 05-30-2008, 10:17 PM   #16
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You say that the ledger is through bolted and nutted to the box beam in the garage and basement??. I would be more concerned about the brick loosening up along the ledger. the brick has a 1" gap between the house and brick. Did he tighten the nut up so to sink the washers into the wood????. does the ledger move up and down with a load. does the crack open up when walked on?. why not install another 2x10 or 2x8 under the existing. if so can you catch the foundation or does the brick continue down. Just a thought..


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Gentlemen,

Thanks for your fine advice. I really appreciate it.

Skymaster, you're right; those aren't technically carriage bolts, but lag bolts with washers, tightened with nuts on the other end.

Buletbob, your concerns are well-founded. The bolts were a bit over-tightened, but the ledger board doesn't move and the size of the crack doesn't change, regardless of what is happening on the porch. It all appears very secure.

The contractor is scheduled to come back this week and he has said he'll do whatever is necessary to make it right. This was the first project of the kind for this company. They are actually a painting company. Except for this one unfortunate twist, the project was a success. I've attached a photo of the finished product. If we can fix the ledger board issue then I think it will have been worth giving the guys a try. Otherwise, it could be an aggravating lesson in trying to do something 'on the cheap.'

I'll update everyone on what happens...

Thanks again for your help,
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:02 PM   #18
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....This was the first project of the kind for this company. They are actually a painting company.
Ummm....That's a big leap for a painting company.
"Painting" to "structural building". You don't learn alot about proper structural deck building by .... painting.

FWIW: I've seen alot of messes by painting companies trying to make that "leap" into areas that they lack the proper experience with.

Last fall, I had to write up a 4 page construction-evaluation-report of a disasterous siding job on an entire 600 unit luxury apartment complex, done by a "painting company". 1 year old site, with the siding falling off, and water coming in everywhere.
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AtlanticWBConst,

Yes, a bit of a leap! Let's hope they can recover correctly. I appreciate you sharing your insight and experience.

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KD,

In any event, I sincerely wish that this all gets resolved well.

Good Luck and enjoy your home.
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Nice and clean, great home. now enjoy the porch rockers. good luck.with your new porch.

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