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Q. We’re concerned about the cost of our upcoming job. We got estimates that are all over the place, and we want to get the best bang for our buck before we lock and load . . . more
Q. While we were stripping the sheetrock and insulation from our family room, a building inspector showed up and stopped us, saying we needed a permit before we could continue. So we applied for a permit . . . more
Q. We have a very frustrating situation, because our house was added to and there was a “difference of opinion” among our contractor, the architect and the building inspector, who said he wasn’t going to sign off without proof . . . more
Q. We are being told that our new front porch can be held up by fiberglass columns. This is confusing, because we wonder if they would be strong enough to hold up the roof. Is this a common thing to do? more
them with new permit plans for my house. I don’t understand why there are no notes or anything for lighting or heating. How did these two different plans get a permit without . . . more
Q. My addition is under construction, and the work was stopped by the inspector, who claims he wasn’t called to inspect the foundation and the insulation before the walls were finished. He said he needed to . . . more
Q. We found a notice stuck to our front door with a code violation about our pool and tall fence, and we don’t understand. Our pool was there when we bought the house. The newer fence replaced the old one from the old owner. more
Q. I do a lot of work flipping homes in Queens, and the reason I prefer to is that we get permits right away, usually in less than a week. On Long Island it takes months just to get a permit. more
Q. I’ve worked in the residential construction industry for decades, and I’m formerly a licensed general contractor in a third-generation business. During this time I have learned proper construction practices through experience and education . . . more
Several times a year I have the privilege of speaking to high school students about careers. A student recently asked the following question: How often do you see buildings fall down, and how can you prevent that? more
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