1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Hi. Question 1-5 from http://www.slideshare.net/hotman1991/met-302-chapter-01 has me puzzled. In the support reactions in Fy, they state By + 3.00 - 9.00 = 0. I do not understand why the 3 is positive. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution When doing it myself, I took point A as the Pivot point. So I have negative 9 kip (from that 0 to 1.5 kip triangle), By, and *negative* 3 kip from the force right beside E. Is there something wrong with my logic?