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Q. While we were stripping the sheetrock and insulation from our family room, a building inspector showed up and stopped us, saying we needed a permit before we could continue. So we applied for a permit . . . more
them with new permit plans for my house. I don’t understand why there are no notes or anything for lighting or heating. How did these two different plans get a permit without . . . more
Q. I do a lot of work flipping homes in Queens, and the reason I prefer to is that we get permits right away, usually in less than a week. On Long Island it takes months just to get a permit. more
Q. I went to my building department because I want to build a deck in my backyard. They told me I could make a sketch and turn it in with papers they gave me to sign, but when I did, they rejected everything, saying . . . more
Q. I saw an advertisement for power-washing and handyman work, and want your opinion about whether to try to restore my old deck, which hasn’t been power-washed or stained in years. Some boards have . . . more
Q. I’ve worked in the residential construction industry for decades, and I’m formerly a licensed general contractor in a third-generation business. During this time I have learned proper construction practices through experience and education . . . more
Q. We’re concerned about the cost of our upcoming job. We got estimates that are all over the place, and we want to get the best bang for our buck before we lock and load . . . more
Q. We found a notice stuck to our front door with a code violation about our pool and tall fence, and we don’t understand. Our pool was there when we bought the house. The newer fence replaced the old one from the old owner. more
Q. Our house is very tall, with an attic, a staircase and room to make bedrooms and a bathroom. We want to complete the attic like the other houses around us and have a pool table in the middle, which my husband says needs beams because . . . more
Q. My neighbor and I share a fence, and I want to get a permit for it, but they don’t want me to, because we both have sheds and they’re sure we’ll both get caught for our sheds and possibly other things, like their pool and deck. more
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