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Dangerous support under steel beam

Discussion in 'Building' started by Ben Bord, 3 Oct 2019.

  1. Ben Bord

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    Good evening,

    I am doing a single story house extension. Builders I have hired have demolished ouside wall to connect an existing house with new extension. They have installed steel beam according to the plans. My worry is that looking at the support it doesn't seem very stable as they have in demolishing process removed some of the bricks in lower part of the support. They are saying that they will fill the gaps with brick and mortar and it should be ok. Is this true? Is this sufficient or should there be taken any other measure? Please take a look at attached pictures.
    Thank you for any response.
    Cheers
    Ben
     

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  2. 23vc

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    By covering the entire area in mortar, they’ve hidden whatever support may or may not be there, so hard to say. The condition of the pier further down is a bit worrying too.
    Edit: unless it’s a cast in situ padstone. Doesn’t really look like one though
     
  3. Ben Bord

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    Yes the top bit of concrete is a cast in situ padstone. That is ok. The part that I'm worried about is the bottom part with missing brick. They are saying that they will repair it with brick and mortar but is this sufficient?
    Thank you.
     

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  4. Leofric

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    How would you expect them to rebuild the brick pier apart from in bricks and mortar :?::!: ( assuming it is bonded in properly )
     
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    Yeah, just make sure they key bricks in properly rather than just chucking mortar in all the gaps.
     
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  6. Ben Bord

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    Ok great. So I have nothing worried about then? That is what they said, they will fill the parts where the brick is missing with brick and mortar. You have no idea how big of a relieve this all is. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
     
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    That’s for your building inspector to decide. It looks like a chunky steel and I don’t know what was specified bearing wise in the calcs.
     
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    It wouldve been better if they had made good before putting the steel in, but it makes little difference, the steel is resting on the acrows.

    They cant put in cut bricks, it needs full bonding, which is more awkward with the acrow in the way.
     
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    Yes, I agree that it should. :rolleyes:

    But to ensure that it would, they need to rebuild the entire jamb, and bond the inner to the outer leaf.

    And what is that awful mess at the top intended to hide?
     
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    Get your building inspector in to have a look before they cover up and bodge it some more.

    It doesn't look sufficient. That's a big steel presumibly holding a big weight?

    Does it have a small lean also? Like the section it's sitting on is coming away from the wall?

    I personally couldn't rest easy knowing the support looked like that.
     
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    That jamb needs re-building and the lens on your camera could do with a wipe.
     
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    Would have rebuilt corner before going anywhere near it with a steel.
     
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    That looks slap dash for a big beam.
     
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    I agree with what I said before.
     
  15. Ben Bord

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    Ok. Thank you very much for your comments everybody. I will have the building inspector to decide. Hopefully it will not be covered up by then.
     
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