11:46 AM 07/06/2012
Anyone out there a structural engineer? I need a recommendation for a SE that will do a drawing and a load calc for our house. We have a 5 ft load bearing wall we would like to take down. A) How much should the engineer cost. 2) how much should the removal cost. Standard row house, 9 ft ceilings. wall spans about 5.5 feet.
Any SEs out there what do do this (drawing/load calc) for a nice dinner and a twelve pack?
Even if it is as simple as you make it out to be, minimum starting rates for any regular ol structural engineer are in the $1,000 dollar range.
By the time they design your reinforcement and investigate enough to be comfortable stamping the plan (which makes engineers personally criminally liable should anything go wrong), you are atleast into the low thousand dollar range. Good luck getting someone (worthwhile) to do it for a dinner.
2:39 PM 07/09/2012 | 1 Votes
I used this guy to do load calculations and some other work for a roofdeck. He is fantastic, really nice guy, licensed etc. It's been a couple years so not sure if he's still around.
Fadil Abdelfatah, PE.
2:41 PM 07/09/2012 | 0 Votes
Arcitechts will be highly unlikely to work for a dinner and beer, it's not a very good offer to be honest with you even for someone who is a good friend. You have to grasp reality and embrace the cost of getting the job done properly because this kind of work will determine how well the job is done and that your house won't collapse after 5-10 years. That being said, I met Theresa from this company at DCRA and she has been wonderful rate-wise: http://www.icaddesign.com/ Tell her Mo sent you.
4:26 PM 07/09/2012 | 1 Votes
Jus came across this video of guys that work for beer by the way! (NSFW - Cursing) :) http://www.snotr.com/video/955...
5:14 PM 07/09/2012 | 0 Votes