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Q. My husband and I are negotiating to buy property in upstate New York without a bank loan, and it has been going on for almost two years because the seller has violations, including . . . more
Q. I read your column about cracked walls and was wondering why I see the same problem in several areas of my home. more
Q. Our house is older (built around 1888) and has exterior stucco walls. We were told that the stucco was put on over the original clapboard exterior . . . more
Q. We’re having a flooding problem. The neighbors behind us rebuilt their home and also raised their yard, sloping into ours. more
Q. I’m hoping you can help me with a snow problem. My back door gets used the most, and it has a Trex deck (the plastic boards) . . . more
Q. Before leaving the house on a summer day, I close the blinds (slants up) to deflect the sun, and with it, the summer heat. My husband maintains that it’s useless to do so on the north side of the house . . . more
Q. I read your column about the pile foundations and it made me question what I’m going through. I had an engineer look at the foundation and crawl space slab . . . more
Q. We’re in the middle of a dispute about how our house was repaired and what to do to fix the foundation. more
Q. While renovating our kitchen, the contractor found termites and rot in sills and studs, but no active infestation. He replaced the wall up to solid lathe and studs . . . more
Q. We’re trying to decide whether to put in a whole house generator or, as our electrician friend suggested, just a portable that gives enough power when we need it. more
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