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Q. Is it possible to find a contractor who’s reasonable? We don’t have a lot of money. We thought we had a contractor, but it fell through. We’ve so far interviewed . . . more
Q. We’re very frustrated. We can’t get a permit before winter, and might have to wait for spring. We applied for a permit to add a family room and open our kitchen, but are being told . . . more
Q. I have a cement brick (concave) garage, probably 100 years old. The rear wall has a crack from the ceiling to the floor. The interior opening is about a quarter-inch wide . . . more
Q. My contractor didn’t follow the plans for our new house, which replaces the old house, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. It took us years to get the money, and we started a few weeks ago. more
Q. My house had a fire, and everything is being replaced. While doing all this, we were told that the boiler, which partially blocks our basement stairs, could be replaced with a much smaller one . . . more
Q. I read your column about steel beams, and was wondering about balconies on big buildings. I walk on the boardwalk in Long Beach several days a week, and see that some buildings are being repaired, exposing steel beams . . . more
Q. We read your column about steel beams in a crawl space (indoors), and wonder about our house, which was lifted and put on columns with steel beams underneath, holding everything up. more
Q. We want to add a second-floor extension to our Cape Cod so our bedrooms and bathroom have straight walls. We don’t plan to make the rooms bigger, just tall enough to stand in. more
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 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
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