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Old 03-15-2008, 09:47 PM   #16
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He says he can't really calculate all the loads because he doesn't know if the 2x6's for the rafters are good lumber or not!? I don't know what that means.

Anyway, I contacted a structural engineer here in Houston and for a hefty fee of 450 bucks, he's gonna come out and give me a solution. He seemed a lot more optimistic than the manufacturer guy. I'll keep you posted on what they say. Thanks again.
Makes two of us. The rafters , whether good , bad, or indifferent, have no bearing on what he is being asked to supply a solution for. But just for discussion, such calculations for a typical residential job always use the industry standard #2 framing material.

Sorry you have to pay for a service that the manufacturer could have easily supplied, but sometimes you have to just bite the bullet and move on. Looks like the case here, as far as progress on the project is concerned.


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Old 03-18-2008, 08:37 PM   #17
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The structural engineer comes on Wednesday. I let you all know what he says. I can't wait to get an engineered answer on this since the manufacturer (Boise Cascade) isn't a whole lot of help. He's supposed to have a solution for me too this week.. We'll see.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:30 PM   #18
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Ok, structural engineer just left. didn't seem to concerned about it. Said we may have to do web stiffeners, but overall said it was nicely built. He's going to run some calculations to see what the loads are and what has to be done, but as I said, he wasn't too concerned.

I told him how the manufacturer engineer reacted and said he's probably concerned about snow loads (since that guy is in MN) In houston he said roof loads are maybe 6 PSF, not the 80-90 with snow.

I'll keep you updated once I get his field report back in the next day or two.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:55 PM   #19
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I'm sure you hated to shell out for the engineer but you'll sleep better at night knowing the ceiling is ok. It's not something trivial like cracks in an airliner. (sorry, couldn't resist since it appears you might be a SW pilot)

Let us know what the final word from the eng. is.
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:53 PM   #20
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If I worked for Southwest, I'd be making considerably more than I do!! Southwest pilots are the highest paid in the industry by default...meaning since all the other airlines took huge pay cuts, some as much as 50% (at Delta), they all went below what Southwest was making since they didn't take any paycuts.

Anyway, still waiting on the engineer's field report. Can't hardly wait!

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