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anyone know a structural engineer

Discussion in 'Jobs: Help Wanted or Offered' started by Cherub, May 23, 2017.

  1. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    I called one guy and he wanted $700 to come tell me what kind of aquarium I can have and how to support a floor with a piano on it. That seemed excessive. Anyone know a reasonably priced structural engineer? I want to see what I can have for an aquarium as I am looking at a 160 gallon currently and also wanted to know what to do in my piano room as the floor bounces with a grand piano in it. Thanks!
  2. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    I recommend engineers for Insurance companies all the time. Price normally starts at about 4000.

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  3. whyamisofly

    whyamisofly Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Let me talk to the structural engineer at work
  4. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    for what, a whole house that has been damaged? This is a little less involved plus I've heard of people using engineers for less I just can't seem to find those posts.
  5. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    tyvm, let me know. I have a few calls out to other engineers and am waiting on what they say.
  6. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    That is base fee that I have seen. sorry wasn't trying to be derogatory. How big of a tank are you talking.

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  7. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    oh no worries, I didn't take it as derogatory at all. I knew you were being honest I just wasn't sure of the scope of work 4k gets you lol. 160 gallon but in the middle of the house, not on an outer wall
  8. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Are your floor joists engineered

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  9. Fitz19d

    Fitz19d Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I got helped for free by an engineer type guy at Aspen lumber off highway 52 and i25. Probably helped too that i was buying the lumber to shore up there.

    Basically i had pictures of the type of joists and room under tank location as well as a diagram with a lot of numbers. Total span, span between major crossbeams under joists. Height of joist and dimensions of the toes. Length on center between joists. How many tank will fit over.

    Mine was cut and dry since i could tell from underneath exact location and it was pretty short span between foundation and steel beam and perpindicular allowing most joists under it. Basically it was pretty easy to tell i was fine as is and i still did a 4x8 cross beam on 2 posts to be sure as it's pretty cheap.

    If it was closer to border line i think he would not give a firm answer without being formally contracted and quite expensive. But he is an engineer that calculates loads on trusses, roofs, floors, etc.
  10. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks all for the replies. I found an engineer who will come out for 130 an hour and estimates 2-3 hours of work so I will just go this route. If all goes well I can refer him on this thread. He won't be out until next week. Thanks again!
  11. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    That hourly rate is about right. I know a guy up north who is good and he is $125 an hour and does not jack around with you.
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  12. Smiley

    Smiley Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    holy shit thats expensive... im glad i took engineering in school...
  13. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Bill out rate is great as an engineer but outside of freelance it never pays close. Most structural engineers make like 40-50 an hour. 130 bill out rate is pretty common for a PE with like 5 years experience.

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  14. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Most of the good ones that do just residences in Boulder county are like $250 or more an hour. They don't get all of that, even if they own their own company... it costs a lot to run a small business and benefits are really not cheap. This is the same with all careers - software engineering is like $50-75 (salary based) an hour if you work for a good company... $250-500 an hour if you are on your own and are really good.
  15. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Finally got the ok from the engineer. He wasn't fast by any means... but the steel beam in my basement is enough to hold what I want :) If anyone wants to use him I can share his info.
  16. Irishman

    Irishman Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    How long did It take him to do the work? Can I get his information as well?
  17. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Pm sent

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