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Q. I work in the city, and my sister and brother-in-law just moved to a high-rise apartment building as well. My question is, after seeing the horrible fire in London and thinking back about the World Trade Center . . . more
Q. I work in the city, and my sister and brother-in-law just moved to a high-rise apartment building as well. My question is, after seeing the horrible fire disaster in London and thinking back about the World Trade Center, how safe are we, working and living in a tall building? more
Q. We’re planning a home in Georgia, and our contractor is telling us we can have a basement only if our house is more out of the ground instead of underground. It’s a hilly plot, so we want to exit from the basement in the back . . . 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. 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. 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. My neighbors are a royal pain. They don’t have anything better to do than watch everybody and complain. We knew it was them who reported us, because . . . 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
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