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Q. Our front yard has a hilly slope to the street with a wood wall holding it up, made of railroad ties. The wall is rotting in several places and can’t be fixed . . . more
Q. We bought a building that has three stores on the bottom and an attic above each store tall enough to stand in. The real estate rep said it was intended to be apartments that were just never built, and that it had “a lot of potential.” more
Q. We’re finally ready to add to our house, but dread doing it because of all the “wait time.” Our neighbors started planning two years ago and haven’t got plans yet. The house down the street . . . more
Q. My home has been under construction for a few years because we bought it as a flood-damaged property for a very low price. It’s our only chance at owning a home. It came with a permit from the previous owners, but . . . more
Q. I am so frustrated about my construction. I am acting as contractor, and the guy framing my house, whom I trust completely, is saying my plans are ridiculously over-designed . . . more
Q. During the recent storm, our neighbor’s tree blew down. Ironically, we had our very tall and weak-looking trees removed last spring, and while they were being cut, some twigs landed on our neighbor’s driveway, near her very expensive car. more
Q. Some men working out of the trunk of their car showed up this morning, and are power-washing the siding of my neighbor’s house. I know that, like many older homes in my neighborhood, the shingles are made of asbestos, so I wonder . . . more
Q. Our architect showed something in our house plans that our contractor refuses to do, and we need an opinion. For some reason, the architect wants the new floor for our new second story to be built in between our existing ceiling beams and not over it, like the contractor wants. more
Q. In the middle of our basement is a fairly new central air and heating unit. It’s big and takes up a lot of space, mostly with air ducts coming out the sides. Because it would be too expensive to move . . . more
Q. We’re replacing our old roof and putting a new porch roof over our front steps. The old roof is rotted, and the bottoms of the columns were so bad that we didn’t think the roof would stay up much longer, so we hired a contractor . . . more
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