Extra Laminated Beam in Attic
No. 3. Evaluate The Need For Each Engineered Wood Product Specified
Thorough analysis of almost any house by an engineer who truly understands that his job is to help you get your plans approved at the lowest cost will yield significant savings in TJIs, web trusses, and lam-beams. Codes are set at 250 percent of the calculated load requirement. Does it really make the house better to have support structure that carries 400 percent? Most of this waste is unintentional — no one has taken the time to do thorough calculations and most use a lot of assumptions in their takeoffs that are wrong. Not just any engineer will do. Find one who “gets it” and hundreds of dollars per unit will accrue.
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