I hired a general contractor to replace a load-bearing wall in my
basement, and I have a couple of concerns about the work (in progress,
almost finished). The structural engineer proposed a 14" LVL header
supported by two columns composed of 3 2X6's. So that's what the
contractor has installed.
Here are my concerns. On one side of the new header, there are 3/8" -
1/2" gaps between the joists and header. (On the other side they're
flush) And at one end of the beam, there is some major notching in the
header, right above the support post.
( 3/8" - 1/2" gaps between joists and header:
( notching at end of LVL beam: http://i18.tinypic.com/2em1xyf.jpg
Here's a few other bits of information. Before starting work, I
verified that the contractor has an active general contractor's license
with no disciplinary action on record. The structural engineer was
suggested by him, but he works for a medium-sized firm. I sent him the
pictures today and called to follow up, but he was gone for the day.
Naturally, I'll be calling him first thing tomorrow. The work is not
finished, and I have not paid anything so far.
So the question is, do I have anything to be concerned about here? If
there are issues how should I address them?
Thanks in advance.