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Since the contractor provided something different than you specified,
shouldn't he be obligated to prove to you that it is adequate? Let him
hire an engineer, or get the information from the manufacturer. Why
should the owner pay you to help the contractor out? Or is he expecting
you to do it for free? If the contractor cannot prove that his
substitution is adequate, then he should take it out and construct what
was designed.

Jim Kestner, P.E.
Green Bay, Wi.