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- From: jimdane(--nospam--at)ix.netcom.com (JIM DANE)
- Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 21:28:28 -0700
It takes a real good selling job for an engineer to explain to a client that his $3,000 new roof will require adding plywood shear walls with hold downs, tie straps, header replacement, rafter bracing, plus numerous other changes. He is now facing a $2,000 to $3,000 engineering fee and building upgrade cost in excess of the total roof and engineering cost. This is the point that the owner says "thank you. Don't call me. I will call you." Most likely the home owner will find a contractor who works with an engineer who really does not care about the long term risk and will have the job done anyway. As already pointed out, if it is not documented that the home owner was made aware of the total impact of the new tile roof then he will surely look to you (his engineer) to pay for ANY repairs to his house after the next earthquake or even if wall cracks appear without any earthquake. Guess what, he will have no problem finding engineers to state that (his engineer) was wrong. Now, does your release form from the home owner protect you when the house is sold a year later? Probably not. My personal solution has been to spend $100 to $200 a year to have repairs done to my wood shake roof every September. My roof is now 16 year old and in fair condition. I hope to make it to 20 years at which time the roof will most likely have to be replaced or the yearly repairs will become excessive. I also keep a supply of buckets handy when it rains. Jim Dane ...
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