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Clogged line There could be a clog in the lines feeding some of the sprinklers, or clogged up sprinkler heads. Remove all the sprinkler heads (the procedure will vary based on the type of heads). Inspect and clean the heads. Turn the system on. If you don't notice any dirt or gunk coming out, and the pressure does not increase in the low flowing ...


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I'm almost certainly in a different country form you so my answer may not apply - but you may have some equivalent options I would write to them stating the problem clearly, listing the attempts made to get a response from them (with dates) and saying that time is of the essence (legal phrase in my jurisdiction) saying that if they don't contact me ...


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It looks to be exactly like a garage door. I take it lowering the stairs tensions a spring attached to the drums so it is easier to raise. Exact same system as sectional garage doors. The springs can be very dangerous to someone unaware of their potential. I think you should look for someone experienced with sectional garage doors, they will understand this ...


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Heading into a major renovation without a detailed plan, materials schedule and a clear budget can turn what should be a gratifying experience into a nightmare. Preplanning is the key to success. Take your time, if you don't have the ability to create detailed drawings of the new layout, then it may be wise to have an architect create some plans for you. ...


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I would start with Architect or Structural Engineer because for that kind of work you're going to need permits, which means detailed drawings for the applications. They would probably have recommendations for a General Contractor that would be able to do the job (with or without subcontractors).


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Vitaliy is basically correct. In most states trades such as plumbing, electrical, gas, oil burners, require a licence. The licence is usually broken down as an apprentice, journeyman then finally a master. Times will vary and requirements and tests vary by state. Specialized permits can only be pulled by masters in the trades. GC's pull the general permit ...


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Contractor licenses are normally issued by the state. Get the licence number and call your Secretary of State's Office, usually the corporations and licensing division to check if they are in good standing. Some states require licensed contractors carry liability insurance, some don't, but if you are doing a large project, ask for an insurance binder.


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Yes, hardwood is often glued directly to concrete slab. It's a fairly common installation. That said, gluing down solid hardwood planks is more problematic and trouble-prone because the solid planks do not tolerate uneven floor very well. Engineered hardwood often works better for a glue-down application. Engineered hardwood is manufactured from layers ...


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If you're concerned perhaps you could draw up a fairly tight contract which included quality metrics and a schedule of work. Then if things aren't up to standard you could terminate due to breach of contract. The big drawback with this is getting someone to sign up to such a document in the first place.


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I do not know if this is an option here, but do you have kids that are in school? Do they have a woodshop in their school? If so, ask if you could use one at the school. Most decent schools have a fairly good woodshop for kids to take elective woodworking classes. Even if you dont have kids, if you have a highschool that is near you, go talk to the ...


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The first thing Shawn said was "new house that is still under warranty". So all these detailed debugging suggestions are really beside the point. The builder is the GENERAL contractor. That means HE should be figuring out which subcontractor to send out to analyze the system and talking to them to get their report and deciding what to do next. Shawn should ...


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I don't really know what cheapest paint vs. thicker paint means. I am assuming that the cheaper paint is still a good paint if this is a company using it - not just some guy with cheap paint. So I am making an assumption. I am also assuming that the three levels all involve the same Day 1 finished look of the house because really if you are paying them ...


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To become a licensed tradesperson(plumber, electrician, gas fitter, etc) you usually need to go through apprenticeship(3-5 years) as well as take some classes and exams. That's how unions control the supply of plumbers and electricians and inflate labor prices. General contractors usually only need to register with a state and probably register some sort of ...



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