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Q. We have swing-out windows that need replacing. The weather has been just right for fresh air, but our windows don’t work. A company that will change them sent a salesman, and he suggested we get the kind that move up and down because they work better . . . more
Q. I read your column about insulation, and wonder why foam insulation is better, why not everyone uses it, why it’s so expensive and whether there are different kinds. We just had insulation put in the walls between our family room and living room . . . more
Q. A building inspector just told our contractor the inspection didn’t pass on our renovation. We have a split and the first floor is getting a new kitchen, plus we are taking out the ceiling and making it taller. The inspector says . . . more
Q. I have a large family — children, parents and grandparents — trying to catch up on cleaning, and I want to ask about using bleach. A plumber friend said we can use bleach, if we dilute it, to wash down appliances and pipes in our kitchen, bathroom and boiler area. more
Q. We hired a contractor last fall to renovate our home and have a contract saying we’d be done by March 30th. As work moved along, the contractor got sick and had many family emergencies, and the workers stopped showing up. more
Q. I just bought a house that needs a lot of attention. It has little if any insulation, a sagging first floor, cloth-covered wiring with only a few three-pronged outlets that I doubt are grounded, and water stains in the ceilings. more
Q. Lately, now that it’s spring, I’m seeing roofers putting on new shingles and assume people are getting leaks that must be making them a little desperate, because roofers are working on wet roofs or in cold weather or when it’s drizzling. Can roof shingles be put on in wet weather? more
Q. We have an old Victorian that has a large closet, almost the size of a bedroom, next to the master bedroom. The closet is covered in cedar wood, which we were told can protect clothes from moths. We wondered why the previous owner did that . . . more
Q. My mother was admitted to a Florida nursing home and we have to sell her house. She has Alzheimer’s and is incapable of communicating. Our attorney had a title company prepare a report, and the title search showed . . . more
Q. The weather is getting warmer, and I’m concerned about the coronavirus getting into my home. We live near a shopping strip where a lot of people come and go. We only use our single- room air conditioners when it’s absolutely necessary. I’m noticing . . . more
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