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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
Q. I’m doing a small strip center and my home at the same time. Both are being designed with flat roofs. The concern is that the roof areas are pretty large, mostly so I can divide the stores into … more
Q. I’m selling my house, and learned that the detached garage has no permit, even though it was built by the former owner. I thought when we bought the house, as I was told, everything was legal. The garage plans . . . more
Q. I am confused about the insulation that was just put into my attic floor and cathedral ceiling. The guys who did the carpentry told me the roof and floors were totally over-designed, and they … more
Q. We don’t live near the ocean, but a recent engineer’s report, for the people who were going to buy our house, said our support beam was rusted. He didn’t recommend that it be changed, from what we know, but it scared them off. more
Q. We want to add a second-floor extension to our Cape Cod so our bedrooms and bathroom have straight walls. We don’t plan to make the rooms bigger, just tall enough to stand in. 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
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 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. 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
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