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Q. After the last snowstorm, my roof was covered with so much snow that the ceiling was wet in several places and I’ve had to make repairs inside. Unfortunately, I have to keep the buckets on hand because the roofer told me . . . more
Q. I’m trying to figure out a new place in my addition for a furnace. We want to have a door from the shed on the side of our house so we don’t have to go to the furnace from inside. more
Q. I read your column about fireplaces, and wonder why I can’t get a fire to burn properly in my chimney. All I get is smoke in the room. I’ve had the flue checked and know that the damper is working correctly . . . more
Q. I’m trying to decide on many possibilities for lighting this holiday season. My kids want a big light display with Santa and reindeer on the roof, so I’m pondering using my light bulb strings, forgetting the Santa idea, and adding LED lights. more
Q. I know this may be hard to do, but with all the tax increases and tariffs, is it possible to build my new home with all or mostly American materials, and is there a way to control this so that my contractor won’t substitute things I want to be only homegrown, so to speak? more
Q. After a long process, our house plans are finally approved, and we want to get going right away. It took months to get plans and almost a year to get them approved. more
Q. I was told to get a permit to add two doghouse (window) dormers from bedrooms. I don’t understand why this requires a permit. I’m not moving walls and not changing the house size. Also, I found out that anybody can look at my plans at the Building Department. more
Q. I’m an elderly widow. For five years I’ve interviewed contractors to replace my two-story deck and add a landing and steps. The lower deck is concrete slabs that have heaved. Somehow a tree split the concrete base . . . more
Q. We’re planning a large renovation with an architect, and wondering when to get a contractor for estimates and an interior designer to go over everything? We have a limited budget and . . . more
Q. Planning our home has gotten to be expensive, and we don’t like the look of high-hats in the ceiling. The contractor tells us we have to have a lot of them to light the room. Isn’t there another way? more
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