First time poster here,
I'm the second homeowner, the original homeowner has reported this is an addition, that they only had a deck. The company that built it is no longer in business. The County Inspectors office doesn't have record of anything older than 6 years they say. I have no blue prints of the home, or this addition. Any suggestions on what I should look into next?
My goal is to hang a Charleston/Joshua Swing that is ultimately a twin bed swing. My husband brought up a good point about if the structure can handle the weight of a cedar swing + 2 adults + 2 dogs (we are unsure of the swing weight, as I haven't purchased yet because I can't just return this thing, so we are estimating 1000lbs total as a safe bet, hung from 4 points).
We have looked at having a structural engineer come out and look at this, but they've said we are looking at $450 minimum, PLUS, them talking down the bead board, causing who knows how much damage or cost to repair.
Summary of questions:
- Where else could I look for information on what is hiding behind this bead board?
- What dimension boards are most often used to construct the support of screened porches like this?
- How can I find out what this structure can handle without having to go through the structural engineer/deconstruction process?
- If I assume it's simply 2x4s under there, how do I calculate what I can get away with hanging from that?
Any additional suggestions/ideas are gladly welcomed! Thanks