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  1. #1
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    Default Jersey Shore rebuild

    I just watched the the Jersey Shore rebuild and saw that several houses along the beach were going to be raised 10 feet to avoid tidal surge issues. Wanted to know if This old House staff is aware of the 1900 storm that hit Galveston Texas. Galveston Island was completely covered by water and many homes destroyed. To help prevent damage from future storms Galveston did 2 things. Build a seawall and all houses were were raised 10-15'. It took a monumental effort to raise large mansions in 1900 with limited equipment and knowledge. Thought this event might be worth mentioning in an episode of this series.
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    Default Re: Jersey Shore rebuild

    I think I see an issue already with one of those houses being raised. The one that they started to set down on the screwed in pylons started to rack already. They mentioned that is slipped 1.5 inches so they nudged it back in place. If they don't weld on some loops or rings to the tops and bottoms of some of the perimeter pylons and cross brace them with cables, or weld cross braces to the pylons, that house will eventually fall over.

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    Default Re: Jersey Shore rebuild

    Anyone who has traveled along the Jersey shore will tell you that it's a disaster waiting to happen. Do you think raising homes 10 feet will save them? Think twice. Sandy was a big storm, but bigger storms can happen, and will happen...and our insurance rates will rise.

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    Default Re: Jersey Shore rebuild

    It's always easy for people that live elsewhere to tell people what should be done. Nothing is perfect or permanent, but if 10' above sea level is the latest code, so be it.
    A blanket statement of no building within a mile of the shore is a ridiculous statement by someone who blames other people for his issues. I guess property rights have no place in an increasingly so******t state. So nothing should be built in tornado alley areas since they might get blown down or much of the west coast prone to earthquakes.

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    Default Re: Jersey Shore rebuild

    I have seen every season of TOH and must say I am very disappointed with this season. I feels a preachy. While I can understand why the Jersey Shore is the main feature, I think less is more in this case. This is by far the worst season and if it continues this way I will have to quit watching. TOH is the motherchurch of home improvement and should stick with it roots. If it ain't broke don't fix it. It would have been better had the Jersey shore been a segment rather than the whole show.

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    Midlife,

    I live 45 miles from Galveston.

    The seawall didn't help much protecting from Hurricane Ike. The water simply rose from the bay (back) side 15 or 20 feet. Yes the seawall protected from the storm surge, but no the flooding. What did work was raising the entire (at the time) city 23 feet by pumping in massive amounts of sand from the gulf. Since then Galveston has been chatting about 'the Ike Dyke" to make a circular sea wall. (ain't gonna happen in our lifetimes,even if they started today)

    If I were emperor ;

    1- If your house is now in within 50 feet of the high tide mark, kiss it goodbye with no money from the guvmint.
    2- Get flood insurance.
    3- No flood insurance? No money from the guvmint.

    39% of Americans live in a county which abuts a shoreline.

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