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As the holidays approach and we give thanks for all we have, I wanted to thank readers, and the Heralds, for the first 25 years of this column. more
Q. I watched the water come in and then drain out, and have gone through caseworkers, construction managers, insurance adjusters … never thought I’d have to be such an advocate for myself and my family. more
Q. We consider ourselves smart consumers and really check out everything before making a final decision, but faced with construction, we’re trying to understand what things should be our responsibility and which should be provided by our contractor . . . more
Q. We’re buying our first home and want to know what we should be doing before we close on it. We know we want an inspection and title search, but are there other things we should be doing? more
Q. I got a letter from the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding a proposed wall to build up my yard so I can limit the flooding that regularly happens at high tide. more
Q. In your last column, you concluded with “openings between your garage and living space can kill you,” but you should have mentioned the problem of fire . . . more
Q. I want to ask you about my boiler. You did a permit for me, and one of the things I needed was a new boiler, so I had a plumber install one a few weeks after Hurricane Sandy . . . more
Q. My architect’s engineer rejected my new foundation and wants testing done to check the (hand-mix) cement, which will hold work up for a month. I want to trust the engineer’s suspicion . . . more
Q. We’re trying to find a contractor for a very big job, building a new house for my family, and we’ve spoken to a few. Our question is, what kind of contractor should we hire? more
Q. I was reading about a lawsuit involving Lowe’s and a consumer group that was accusing Lowe’s of false advertisement for selling 2x4s that really aren’t. Were they supposed to be 2x4, and if not . . . more
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