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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
Q. We live near the water and have vertical plank siding. I’m told it’s cedar. It’s been there many years, and we noticed that it’s rotted from the back side and ready to crumble. more
Q. My daughter and son-in-law have purchased a home and are planning to move in this summer. They want to put up fences, and add air conditioning and a new deck to replace the old one. Some people we spoke with have said they don’t need permits . . . more
Q. Our kitchen will be redone in six weeks, and I have several questions. We hired a contractor through the kitchen showroom, and they’ll have their own plumber and electrician. We want to have the floor done in tile with heating in the floor. more
Q. We have to do something about our main bathroom. The toilet runs, the faucets are worn and have a kind of crusty finish, and the shower has mold we can’t get off the tiles in the corners — it’s disgusting. We’re trying to decide . . . more
Q. Regarding what a previous person wrote about home-improvement TV, I wonder if I should try doing work to finish my basement myself, and whether there are any restrictions . . . more
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