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I have helical pier foundation, one pier trAveled and broke

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I have helical pier foundation , one pier trAveled and broke the glulam beam . Contractor repaired beam reattached a new pier To beam . Now hard to find a engineer to write a report that foundation is fixed. Engineer says he can't tell because he did not do initial design and can't see pier to know if it is bedrock. Contractor took pics and wrote what he did. Is the contractor letter enough if an engineer won't do a report.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  walkereng replied 1 year ago.

What city and state are you in?

Expert:  walkereng replied 1 year ago.

Let me know when you come back online

Expert:  walkereng replied 1 year ago.

Let me know if you want to continue your question

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Live. In Alaska small town on island in southeast (Sitka).
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can't call at work and at hospital so no personal calls
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here is letter from contractor
Expert:  walkereng replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the copy of the letter. Can you also send me copies of the 5 pictures that are referenced in the letter?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  walkereng replied 1 year ago.

The contractor letter seems very practical and reasonable. In engineering terms , if a foundation even settles a minor amount, it is considered to have Failed. That is the reason that a third party engineer really can not guarantee anything and does not want to write a report.

It is going to be up to the lender to determine if this Contractor letter is enough for them. Usually the lender will have Engineers as outside consultants to review technical issues like this and to advise them.

I hope this helps.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Expert:  walkereng replied 1 year ago.

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