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Our builder built a brick chimney. As per the Mason the brick chimney is resting on a 3-1/2 angle iron and over double 2x12.
There are about 900 bricks, limestone etc. on the top of the chimney
and I counted the weight could be approximately 5000 lb.
It is enough support for the roof? Can that weight collapse the building and how safe we are? I can't find my architect, he juswt does not answer the phone. Which specialist I have to invite to get an advice? What is the maximum weight can handle the roof with that support? Thank you.

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Hi Nur,

This is a great question, but one more suited for a structural engineer. He or she would be able to calculate the allowable load for the particular steel angle and tell you if there is a chance it will fail.

Nazim Nice
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