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Q. What could cause the bridge to collapse in Miami last week? Aren’t there all kinds of precautions to avoid this kind of thing? more
Q. Is there a way to prevent potholes? My driveway is made of the same thing as the street, but has few cracks or sunken spots. My street, by comparison, is terrible. more
Q. We’re starting an addition, getting estimates from several contractors. Some told us we wouldn’t have to wait for the permit to be approved (it has been six months since it was turned in). Some said that we could save money substituting steel beams with stronger wooden ones . . . more
Q. I got a summons for bushes and I can’t believe it! I live on a corner, and there are tall hedges that have been there for years, even before I moved in. All of a sudden it’s a big deal. more
Q. We did plans for our house, and the architect told us there was “wiggle room” to make some changes if we needed to when the job starts. We’re planning a lot of renovations and two additions, to our second floor and a rear family room/mudroom and deck with pool. Is it true . . . more
Q. I have been calling around for estimates so I know how much it will cost for an architect to draw plans. I have never worked with an architect, but I am getting very different answers . . . more
Q. We read your column on asbestos, and ours sounds like the same kind of problem. Our son is working for a tile flooring company, doing large installations. He spends hours, at times, cutting tile and even grinding concrete, which has started to worry us. more
Q. We want to either add a second floor and change our first floor or, if it makes sense, replace our house with a new one, but we’ve gotten such conflicting advice about what it will cost, and especially how it affects our taxes, that we’re looking to move. more
Q. My parents are getting older, and we’ve discussed having them move in with us. The recent tax change also makes it more necessary, so we have less taxes to pay between both households. 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
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