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Q. We’re replacing our old roof and putting a new porch roof over our front steps. The old roof is rotted, and the bottoms of the columns were so bad that we didn’t think the roof would stay up much longer, so we hired a contractor . . . more
Q. We just bought a house, and this has been a real test of our marriage. We have so many things to do, and both of us are hoping to keep our jobs. Money we had planned to use for the work may have to be put toward food instead. We’re very nervous . . . more
Q. We’re in the middle of construction, and our contractor has been giving us bills for the work that make us think we’re way ahead of him. It just doesn’t look like he’s 50 percent done, but we have already paid more than 60 percent, according to our contract. more
Q. We have swing-out windows that need replacing. The weather has been just right for fresh air, but our windows don’t work. A company that will change them sent a salesman, and he suggested we get the kind that move up and down because they work better . . . more
Q. I read your column about insulation, and wonder why foam insulation is better, why not everyone uses it, why it’s so expensive and whether there are different kinds. We just had insulation put in the walls between our family room and living room . . . more
Q. A building inspector just told our contractor the inspection didn’t pass on our renovation. We have a split and the first floor is getting a new kitchen, plus we are taking out the ceiling and making it taller. The inspector says . . . more
Q. I have a large family — children, parents and grandparents — trying to catch up on cleaning, and I want to ask about using bleach. A plumber friend said we can use bleach, if we dilute it, to wash down appliances and pipes in our kitchen, bathroom and boiler area. more
Q. We hired a contractor last fall to renovate our home and have a contract saying we’d be done by March 30th. As work moved along, the contractor got sick and had many family emergencies, and the workers stopped showing up. more
Q. I just bought a house that needs a lot of attention. It has little if any insulation, a sagging first floor, cloth-covered wiring with only a few three-pronged outlets that I doubt are grounded, and water stains in the ceilings. more
Q. Lately, now that it’s spring, I’m seeing roofers putting on new shingles and assume people are getting leaks that must be making them a little desperate, because roofers are working on wet roofs or in cold weather or when it’s drizzling. Can roof shingles be put on in wet weather? more
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