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    I found this in a garage with a flat deck above it. It looks like a piece of angle iron bolted to the glue lam and foundatoin. Any thoughts on the installation.

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    Dosen't look good. Why? A solid post installed in the same place would have taken up 2 more inches and no problem. Thats alot of work to end up with what I would call an improper application even though it may last a long time with no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathew stouffer View Post
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    Any thoughts on the installation.
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    Home Made.
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    It was crazy, the whole house was home made. I was getting overwhelmed, around each corner was some crazy configuration. Check some of these out. It is the first time I have seen a trap door installed on the return plenum

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    Unapproved ( Galvanized ) Connectors.

    Not Properly Supported Ect.
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    Billy,
    Check out the valves, I have never seen those on a manifold before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mathew stouffer View Post
    It was crazy, the whole house was home made. I was getting overwhelmed, around each corner was some crazy configuration. Check some of these out. It is the first time I have seen a trap door installed on the return plenum
    All I can say is I'm glad it was you and not me

    I hate houses like this. Everything is uncommon.... some of it works, some doesn't. Of course the first question when you call something out as incorrect is "How long until I need to replace it?" - followed closely by "how much is it going to cost?" - followed by "do you have the name of a contractor that can do it for me?"

    This is really one of the biggest quandrys I run into in this job... something that is unconventional but is for the most part working. All the SOPs say I've done my job if it's working as inteneded. Every contractor that comes behind me will have a different idea of what MUST be done. The seller will sue me for saying it's wrong. The buyer will sue me for not saying it's wrong.

    Sorry for the rant.... it's been a long week.


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    I hear you, it's a pain in the ass. All the systems worked well, BUT.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Stephens View Post
    Unapproved ( Galvanized ) Connectors.
    Why are they unapproved? Galvanized fittings are allowed for water lines.

    Also this looks like an approved header for PEX.


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    PEX is not all that bad, those valves are common on that type of manifold. Yes, it could be supported a little more but.....

    Is that trap door so that the air filter can be changed?

    The untreated wood used for a support needs to go and looks like one of the bigger issues.

    As for the deck support? I would note that it is an unconventional method of support and unconventional things tend to act in unconventional ways! I would then put in the typical engineer recommendation. But, my gut feeling is that it is fine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Carlisle View Post

    Why are they unapproved? Galvanized fittings are allowed for water lines.

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    Are they Approved Connectors for Pex ?
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    Yep the door is for the air filter.


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    Actually the angle iron post looks pretty good and appears to be well installed (i.e. well bolted to poured wall and beam). (A bit unusual for residential framing though). Looks like an engineering spec. Did you happen to see any deflection, sagging, etc. associated with it? I wouldn't have a problem with it if I didn't see any related issues (might just want to tell the clients to have it further evaluated by a specialist (i.e. engineer).

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    There is a flat deck surface above the entire garage, yes it is a two car. The problem I have with it, is the area is North facing and the deck is flat. Very little sun in the winter and this area gets 400 to 500 inchs of snow a year. Moreover, all the snow from the metal roof slides onto the deck. So will it be able to handle the additional load. Doubt it, but is will be interesting to see


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    Quote Originally Posted by mathew stouffer View Post
    It was crazy, the whole house was home made. I was getting overwhelmed, around each corner was some crazy configuration. Check some of these out. It is the first time I have seen a trap door installed on the return plenum

    A plywood return plenum next to the furnace? I assume it is a furnace. You may want to check for mfr's recommendation for combustible surfaces that close to the furnace.


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    The steel angle is obviously there to support the end of the beam, but the steel "post" might have been an attempt at bracing the foundation against lateral load. (see: PowerBrace.net - Foundation Wall Bracing Systems)
    It looks like they might have cut a new opening in the wall and thought, for some reason, that the wall then needed bracing.
    Also, looks like somebody took a chisel or jackhammer to the top corner of the foundation and the corner of the opening, maybe to make room for the LVL, which suggest they might have been repairing some rot damage to the sill?
    We may never know...probably a homeowner with too much time on his hands


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    Though it doesn't qualify as a column, I would say it's OK in that it's secured to the concrete wall.


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    We got off the subject of the deck support but here's a real beauty. All materials in one app. and yes that is polybutylene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Schirmer View Post
    Though it doesn't qualify as a column, I would say it's OK in that it's secured to the concrete wall.
    I would not say that or put that in writing, only a structural engineer can do that. Better to play it safe in this case. Recommend having it checked out.


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    Just a general Deck Question for the group??
    What year (if any) were bolts required for the deck band joist against the home. Or asked another way when were lag bolts allowed instead of actual bolts and nuts to hold the deck band to the home???

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