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Q. I’m trying to decide on many possibilities for lighting this holiday season. My kids want a big display, with Santa and reindeer on the roof, so I’m pondering . . . more
Q. There’s a lot of renovation going on around us, and I don’t see one permit sign or window sign. One neighbor told me he didn’t want his taxes to go up, so he’ll get a permit if he gets caught or when he sells. Isn’t that taking a chance? 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. We have a big problem. Our house was lifted and is now sitting on its new foundation, but at the wrong height. Our architect and contractor were recommended by the NY Rising program as preferred professionals, but a few months ago, the contractor, without saying a word, ran off to Texas with our job unfinished. more
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. 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. 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. 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’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. 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
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