Hello BP professionals
I need some professional advise here; im rehabbing a foreclosure house in City Poughkeepsie NY; we passed electrical inspection but during plumbing inspection the inspector caught the beam my husband and I installed without proper footing because we did it for extra support it’s a 150 old house but we didn’t remove any beams or headers
Now the inspector asking us to get the professional to replace it but I don’t have the funding to do it
Can I just simply remove the beam?
I need the CO to close on refi !!
@Cynthia Ng you need to find the money somehow to get this done. You should be asking the inspector exactly what he wants and how he wants it done. Possibly hire a structural engineer to assess the situation and give you their opinion but ultimately the local building inspector has all the power here.
@Alex Deacon thank you for your response
At this point, I guess that the only thing I can do
I would ask this to the inspector that told you to fix the issues. They will know the codes that you need to comply with.
A structural engineer will probably cost you a few hundred dollars and can advise you how to install the beam properly. If you put it in, you must have seen something that concerned you and that you though needed to be supported. The basic trick is there is some load on that beam. That load needs to be transferred to the ground. That usually means the ends of the beam need to be on posts. And the bottoms of those posts need to be on something. In one situation where I did this, the engineer had me double up floor joists so the posts were supported. Sometimes an engineer will produce drawings and stamp them and you submit those to the city. In this particular case, the engineer looked at what I wanted to do, advised me, then inspected the work afterward and wrote a letter stating it was done correctly. I submitted that to the city. Building inspectors won't generally advise you as to exactly how to deal with the situation. Only that what you've done is not acceptable. In structural situations, they want an engineer to tell you what has to be done.
@Jon Holdman thank you so much
I just left the inspector a message and I will contact a structural engineer for advise and get it done right
Thank you again
So a plumbing inspector caught a beam issue? Go figure.
But why does it need to be replaced if he initially said it just needed proper footing?
Can't you just do the proper footing so that its actually supporting the load properly?
Maybe they just want you to dig thru the concrete a certain depth and pour footings so that the beam is supported by the footings and not just a concrete slab. But that would be something I'd ask them because, while it may not be easy, it would be something you could do yourself. Hard work but the labor is really the big cost - and maybe renting something to break thru the concrete.
@Mike H. it sounds more like the inspector (it is amusing when a plumbing inspector or electrical inspector catches things he wasn't there to look at, but I be we all have been there.) wants to see the work performed by a licensed contractor and not the homeowner when he says "inspector asking us to get the professional to replace it". Honestly at this point you are more or less at the city's mercy here. Some inspectors hate when people do work behind their back without permits, etc and the best course of action is to apologize and ask them what they want to see. Once you know, go to the proper people (Engineer, licensed contractor, etc) and have the work done. If the beam is exposed and the correct size, you should save some money there.
I know with my luck!
Yes, he stated we need a design professional to do the proper footing
I am contacting a structural engineer to come and we will do the work ourselves
Thank you for the support!
You can remove the beam however the next issue would be if the inspector comes in to do another inspection and finds any structural issues they might start asking for engineer reports and making you do more corrective measures. It is best to talk with the inspector and ask what he wants done. You may be better off just just getting it done instead of opening yourself to a whole mess of other issues.
Thank you so much for all your support
Just want to update you on my situation
I got my CO!! The process was much easier than I expected
I was very lucky my previous agent husband is a NYS licensed structural engineer
He came over a evaluated the beam and wrote me a letter with what needs to be done
And we followed all the procedures and passed the inspection without any problem
Thank you BP for this wonderful platform I wouldn’t would have made it
Thank you all again
I'm curious if you replaced the beam entirely, or perhaps ran new support beams on either side?
If so do you mind sharing the cost on that? I'm looking at similar issue.
We put in a brand new beam $1500 labor plus material I’m in NY cost might be higher here
Send me a pm I can show you the pic
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