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Q. I don’t know if you can help me soon enough, but my contractor has been a no-show, and the employees seem to be doing whatever they want, even using my refrigerator and telephone — a lot. They insulated the back extension we put on, and I’m sure it’s wrong . . . more
Q. We just moved in, and want to add to the back of the kitchen, put bedrooms over the garage and finish the half-basement. I’m handy enough to do the lighter work like electric, insulation and finishes, but the heavy work would take me too long. more
Q. We’re selling our house, bought in 1973 when we were a young couple and excited to own our first (and only) home. Nobody told us about open permits, which our attorney just told us about. We don’t understand. more
Q. It may seem strange to ask, but my wife and I have been hearing a lot of creaking in our old house and have no explanation for it. It can happen on a perfectly still night, with no wind, and sometimes there are even banging sounds and crackling noises. more
Q. We just decided to add a second floor and already have problems. We can’t get a contractor to give us an estimate, we can’t find an architect who calls back and the couple we spoke with won’t use the plans we got from the previous owner. more
Q. Last week I wrote that the New York Rising program could have been more organized, and since we managed to avoid being flooded by Hurricane Joaquin, we have the opportunity . . . more
Q. It’s almost three years since our home was flooded and we still don’t how much we’ll get from NY Rising. Our architect, we were told, was supposed to do the estimate, and tell us, according to our caseworker, but . . . more
Q. We’re perplexed by what to do about our roof after reading your column last week. We’re going to put solar panels on our house. Our roof is about 10 years old. The first question is . . . more
Q. We’ve replaced our roof three times since we bought our house in 1988. Each time they told us it was a 30-year roof, but they haven’t lasted more than 10 years at the most. more
Q. After Sandy we had to repair the walls along both sides of our driveway, which slopes down to our basement-level garage. The man who came told us to replace it . . . more
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