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Q. We closed on our first house, and someone complained about our fences. We got a notice on our door they aren’t legal. We checked with the building inspector, who said . . . more
Q. I have a rental home that got a ticket for not being officially registered with my town. The building inspector showed up because my former tenant moved out but reported me. more
Q. We were intrigued by the old house we bought, especially when we decided to renovate to add two bedrooms now that we’re expecting. The contractor we met with told us it would be a shame to change the house very much . . . more
Q. My home insurance premiums have increased over the past couple years. We haven’t been affected by storms or floods, yet my rate has gone up each year. From what little I can gather from them, my home is supposedly increasing in value . . . more
Q. We’re being told that our new front porch can be held up by fiberglass columns. This is confusing, because we wonder if it could be strong enough to hold up the roof. Is this a common thing to do? more
Q. Last year my street was repaved, and now I see cracks, which I expect will get worse. I seal my driveway every few years, and it looks and works very well, without any cracking or damage. The cost to seal is pennies on the dollar compared with . . . more
Q. We’re planning a pool this spring, and want to do something different. Our taste is very modern, and we want to put in an “endless pool” where we won’t see the edges. We want something special, something very modern, for the patio around the edges of the pool. more
Q. I saw an online demonstration of how a robot was being trained to put ceiling and wall boards up and wondered, have you seen any other kinds of construction being done with robots? I’m concerned about seeing jobs taken away by machines. more
Q. We’re working with a kitchen designer, and they’re planning a big exhaust hood over our burners. I just don’t see why we need one . . . more
Q. I’ve been looking for ways to save water, and have some ideas to share with your readers. Most people think their water bill pays for water, but it doesn’t, really . . . more
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