Cost of Installing an RSJ
Typical cost of installing an RSJ
Typical RSJ Installation Prices
Things To Consider When Installing An RSJ
Before getting a quote for an RSJ installation, you need to remember that part of installing an RSJ is the expert calculations required by a structural engineer, then you need a skilled builder to carry out the work properly to the engineer’s calculations. Note also that this type of work will always create a huge mess no matter how careful the builders are! This mess will not only require a lot of cleaning but usually also some re-plastering and re-decorating. Most of the work can be carried out by an experienced local builder, but you will also need a structural engineer and possibly an electrician and a plumber. Most people handle the final decorating work themselves but some will also need the services of a painter & decorator. There are also a number of additional jobs which may be necessary and will increase the price of the job: installing or relocating a radiator, moving a light switch and/or power socket, perhaps new carpets or flooring, plus party wall agreement legal costs if applicable.
Doing it Yourself
This really is not a DIY project. Installing an RSJ should not even be attempted without hiring a structural engineer for the necessary calculations to determine the correct size of steel beam required. A structural engineer will be a requirement for building regulations approval and then the actual installation should be done by an experienced builder as if there are any mistakes or corners cut, this could compromise the structural integrity of the property. In other words, forget trying to do this job on the cheap and get the professionals in!
- Installing an RSJ is not a DIY project!
- RSJ's are most often used when knocking down walls for support
- A structural engineer will be able to work out the correct size of RSJ required
- Installing an RSJ will require Building Control approval
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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