I’m doing a trim/kitchen install for a GC right now and was approached about putting up green white oak beams from the sawmill on the kitchen / dinnette ceiling before the cabinets are installed.
I said sure, quoted a price, and went about trimming the house.
Yesterday the beams arrive-
One is 8 x 8 x 166 , weighs in the neighborhood of 600 lbs, it’s getting dado’ed around the drop girder (2 in.) and then held up by two 8 x 8 x 99 posts at each end, they’re 450 lbs each. They all stack over the main house girder and lally columns.
Notched into that and spanning the room are six 4 x 6 x 170 (300 lbs each ) that fall into another notched 4 x 6 x 255 (400 lbs) .
All these 4 x 6 beams they want screwed to the ceiling joistd with Scorpion landscape screws !!
We’re talking 2200 lbs. HANGING from the ceiling joists.
After picking up a couple of beams yesterday and putting them up on horses I realized that this is a major issue. I called the GC and left message we needed to talk first.
I would really like to see where an engineer signed off on this first. I really don’t want to assume the liability of hanging this much weight without a engineer telling me that the house structurally can handle it , and that the screws are the proper device (besides spacing and number needed).
IMO someone could die and I would be liable, but I’m no lawyer.
Just needed to rave, by the way, it’s my first job with the GC, he came highly recommended by a few subs I know, it would be great if it would continue past this but I won’t be losing much by moving on.
Thanks for listening.