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I agree with Ryan's answer. I would add that you can also pull the gutter spikes and replace them with gutter screws available at any of the big box stores. They typically come with the driver bit required, I'd also recommend having an impact driver for the job.
If you have not done so already, it helps to drain the system at the lowest point. Meaning apply the shut off valve first, open the faucet at the lowest point (usually in the basement or hose bib) so the system can drain, then open a faucet at the highest point. This will allow air into the system and allow it to drain more quickly. Much like releasing your finger off the top of a full drinking straw.
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I aggree with everyone above. In our experience the most common thing that tends to happen in the design process is that the design tends to overrun the budget and often there can be delays and added expense as a result.
Phillip and Clifton have it right on. That's our reference as well. Digging one level deeper, the biggest bang for your buck generally comes from direct replacement projects. Meaning, if you need to move the systems (plumbing, HVAC ect) for a remodel, less money is invested into the fixtures and finishes that people get to see. We wish you all the best with your project!
Hello Debbie, I would ask how that was determined. I think that fact that the question was brought up in the first place really raises a red flag. In my experience, if there was a question about changing the laod on a structure an engineer should have been consulted. I would ask the contractor to make things right based off the advise of an engineer. Note-If this contractor is a roofer, I would not think that would be a good fit for the repairs.
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