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Low water pressure on a hill solutions

If there's 55 PSI at the bottom of a 35 foot rise, and no pressure at the top, there's got to be a leak between those points, or the height is (much) greater than guessimated, or the pressure is (much)...
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Can I use logs and stumps as driveway fill?

Bad idea - as it rots, it will become spongy and sink as you drive on it, and become very un-level.
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Contractor claims new pantry location is structural - is he right?

I don't see where the pantry in its existing location is contributing to any support but can see the contractor's concern about the ductwork. How could he just move the pantry without getting any OKs ...
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Low water pressure on a hill solutions

I believe the idea of the tank at the top of the hill is that you feed the low pressure water line into the tank via an automatic shutoff valve. The automatic valve is designed to sense the water ...
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Raising a sagging section of my houses central beam ~1.2 inches

The general trick with jacking a house that has sagged over 40 (or 140) years is that you should not un-sag it in a matter of days, or even weeks, unless the sag is very minor. The jack has no problem ...
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Best way to turn my detached garage into an insulated shop?

Assuming budget is not "Sky's the limit": Delete rafter insulation (but carefully), add ridge vent and/or a functional cupola, reuse rafter insulation (see "carefully") in wall ...
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Low water pressure on a hill solutions

Check for air locks. If the pipe goes up and down repeatedly, there can be air trapped in each “hill” that reduces the pressure. To Test If the line is still accessible you can pick up the pipe at a ...
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How can I tell if I hit a wire in the studs when hanging plywood sheathing in my building?

This is why code requires cables to be centered. If you did that you have nothing to worry about. In the dozens of garages I've built with 2x4 walls and 7d, 8d, or 2-3/8" pneumatic nails I don't ...
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Are these roof members structural support?

You absolutely need to engage an engineer. Ignoring those braces, which may or may not be relevant, your ceiling joists tie the outer walls together and keep them from bowing outward. As an aside, ...
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How to remedy roof overhang not level

I see two fairly simple fix options. Add two steel gussets to the faces of the framing. 1/4" by 3" bars about 6 feet long, fastened with countersunk flathead screws, would properly support ...
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How to remedy roof overhang not level

It looks like you have a metal roof, so there is not much weight there. You have 2 choices: Remove the roofing and roof decking back far enough to access the second rafter in. Build a "ladder&...
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Are these roof members structural support?

That looks like an old house, with the original roof sheathing made out of boards instead of plywood or OSB. The rafters, however, look like 2x6 or 2x8s and not the usual 5x5 rough sawn lumber with ...
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Need to move a power pole prior to new addition. Whats the cost?

Check with the power company, I have seen it done for no cost to a lot of money, depending on your area and power company. The only good answer will be from the power company.
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Build a door frame

Not a huge amount I'm afraid. It will make some difference (the felt will particularly help), but there's no getting away from the fact that metal roofing sheets make an excellent drum. I would ...
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Low water pressure on a hill solutions

So the tank idea is simple. You put a tank above your property at just below the limit of head available. Then the supply has 24hrs to fill the tank per day. The idea is that you size this to use less ...
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What size scaffolding wooden planks should I use

I simply don't like using single planks for scaffolding. If they aren't carefully selected, a flaw can result in a quick, unpleasant ride through the atmosphere. They also tend to be very bouncy, ...
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How can I tell if I hit a wire in the studs when hanging plywood sheathing in my building?

That's why wires are required to be a certain depth from the wall, or use "nail plates" to guard from wayward nails. However the mandatory depth only allows for about 1-3/4" ...
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How to make this pulley system more efficient?

It looks you're using the standard very cheap tackles with plain bearings. Plain bearings are cheap, but unless they're well made and maintained they offer significant friction while under load. You ...
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Are these roof members structural support?

There is not enough known about the structure of your home for anyone on the internet to make anything other than a guess. Since this is your home and not just a storage shed, it would be wise to ...
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Need to support a 3500 lb hot tub 7’x6.5’

By the International Residential Code, a deck gets designed for 40 psf live load. Water at 8 inches depth is about 40 psf. Assuming the 40 psf for people plus your 3500#, that's 120 psf. So your deck ...
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Raising a sagging section of my houses central beam ~1.2 inches

Sounds like you measured once, built a wall, and stood it up to discover that it doesn't fit. Check the levelness of the slab below this wall. Run a stringline along the length of the beam or use a ...
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How to make this pulley system more efficient?

One problem I see with multiple discrete pulleys, particularly if the line is routed linearly as suggested in another answer, is that the load is likely to tilt as it is moved. Suppose the pulleys are ...
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What size scaffolding wooden planks should I use

The price differential is probably 80-90% insurance for the maker, and perhaps also a bit of high-grading. The "same boards at the lumberyard" are probably #2 - the "OSHA boards" ...
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Can I remove this jack stud above our fireplace for recessed TV mount

Yes that stud can be removed. You can remove any or all of the center three. Just make sure you have good backing for the drywall. As shown in the picture, there is no point load above it, and the ...
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What is this treatment on the walls of my basement?

It is a textured covering. Easy way to cover the unfinished block or concrete walls, usually concrete blocks. It's just a very easy and quick way to cover the concrete blocks at a lower expense. It is ...
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What is the proper way to add another subfloor layer?

Stagger the seams from what is currently down. Your screwing and gluing plan will work nicely. A 1/8 gap to the wall is fine.
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Weather proof and insulate free standing building floor

Rather than flipping it, build it elevated above the piles far enough so you can attach the plywood, then lower it onto the piles (having made appropriate cutouts for the piles when attaching plywood.)...
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Will my custom table frame support a soapstone top?

The 38" distance from long rail to long rail is okay for soapstone. The long rails from post to post look too flimsy. If they deflect too much, then the soapstone could reach its breaking point ...
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How do you level and fasten joists over uneven concrete for a deck?

For the area with not much room for lumber, consider making a nice neat linear pile of mortar at an appropriate height and slope to fully support a (pressure treated) 2x4 laid flat (1.5" thick) ...
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How much load can a 7' wooden 4x6 beam carry?

4x6 is commonly provided with swing set kits for residential use (and you should be referencing them for your design--they're tested and approved). As long as: You keep to two swings per span Your ...
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