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Q. We don’t live near the ocean, but a recent engineer’s report, for the people who were going to buy our house, said our support beam was rusted. He didn’t recommend that it be changed, from what we know, but it scared them off. more
Q. We built a new addition with a bathroom, and the shower leaked into our first floor. The plumber says he did everything correctly, but the walls, not the floor, are to blame. The tile has come loose . . . more
Q. With all the crazy talk going on, I was wondering what I need to do to build a shelter against nuclear attack. Do I need any special permits? more
Q. We bought our house six months ago and had to repair several things. One of them is the concrete below our siding, which is falling apart in many places. It’s crumbling so much that . . . more
Q. We’ve written to you many times over the years about a continuous leak that has never been found and fixed. We’ve been through two contractors and still have no luck. We had decided to use the roof outside our upper-floor kitchen as a terrace . . . more
I started to build a backyard barbecue with a countertop and refrigerator. I also put in a patio and built a roof over the whole thing so we can have a shaded table. I don’t see why I need a permit, since it isn’t a “house addition.” more
Q. My neighbors are a royal pain. They don’t have anything better to do than watch everybody and complain. We knew it was them who reported us, because . . . more
Q.We recently moved into our first home and know we need a permit because we want to add a master bedroom and bath. When we closed on the house, our attorney said the title report showed a “clean” C of O. Now we hear that isn’t true . . . 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. I work in the city, and my sister and brother-in-law just moved to a high-rise apartment building as well. My question is, after seeing the horrible fire in London and thinking back about the World Trade Center . . . more
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