Alright, here’s a really boring question
Got a structural engineer to do some calcs for knocking through a supporting wall. He did them, and because I spent lots of hours reading into it/am really arrogant, decided I thought I would know what kind of beam he would suggest. He suggested quite a small one. I had also been a bit concerned as he didnt initially want to look in the attic at the ceiling joists etc (other bits of wood at angles and that idkmate). I pushed aside my arrogance, and thought “seriously, you know absolutely nothing about structural engineering you fucking twat”.
Then the builder came round yesterday to look at the wall, the first to give a quote, and when I reminded him of the the beam size he was all "really?!!, that’s a diddy little thing…I mean, if he’s done his calcs…"
The builder also suggested he would put in a bigger beam if I wanted, which…probably isn’t a good idea, for building regs reasons/other factors
So don’t know what to do…poll time!!
- Trust the Structural Engineer, a trained professional in his field…probably (I don’t actually know this, just that he was from a respectable company, could have been the chef)
- Seek assurances from the trained chef’s manager
- Get a second opinion from another company…for about £450 oooooooffff
- This is the DIY thread, knock the wall down yourself
- It’ll probably be fine anyway, houses never fall down, probably