Re: possible collapse, shorter post
The details I've marked in red really scare me.
Originally Posted by stevemcmaine
- Lag bolted with a single center row of lag bolts - Lag bolts should be staggered to prevent splitting of the ledger and distribute the stresses.
- 2x12x20, bonded with adhesive, and nailed. - Two 2x's laminated will promote rot because moisture can penetrate more easily and deeply between two pieces of lumber.
- 6x6 are to be notched to accept the beams, - Not sure what this means, but the implication is that you've got a notch that is 3" wide and 12" deep in the center of the post. If this is the case, again it will only promote rot because moisture will be trapped within the wood structure.
- Most holes have hit water, none are below the 42" frost line - Footings need to be below the frost line PERIOD! If they're not, you will get heaving. There's a reason that minimum standards are set per local jurisdiction, if your local jurisdiction says 42", then make sure that the footings reach to that depth.
- A large rock 12 inches in - Again, if the frost line is 42", it's 42", NOT 12" While the rock may be able to support the weight, it's not deep enough to withstand freeze/thaw cycles of your winters.
- In regards to inspectors, permits etc. There are no building inspectors here, there are no permits - I grew up in the sticks and even in no-man's-land there are building regulations and permit requirements. The difference between no-man's-land and downtown metropolis is getting caught. Now, I'm not suggesting that you needlessly pay revenue enhancements to the governing authority, however, there is still a difference between proper building techniques and fly-by-night builders getting by with substandard work and the local building department helps to thwart the latter.
I still recommend stopping the work until your concerns have been allayed. A couple calls to engineers or architects who can do the calcs on the current plans/specs - whether permits are required or not - is the only way you'll truly know if the plans meet minimum specs for your locale and will withstand the elements and test of time.
BTW, thanks for highlighting your original post, this one was much easier to understand and stick with.
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