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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
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
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