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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
Q. Our house was lifted, and we’re finally back in again. We started noticing that our new garage floor has cracks, not big, just thin, but going in several directions . . . 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 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. We have an old Victorian that has a large closet, almost the size of a bedroom, next to the master bedroom. The closet is covered in cedar wood, which we were told can protect clothes from moths. We wondered why the previous owner did that . . . more
Q. We have to do something about our main bathroom. The toilet runs, the faucets are worn and have a kind of crusty finish, and the shower has mold we can’t get off the tiles in the corners — it’s disgusting. We’re trying to decide . . . more
Q. The weather is getting warmer, and I’m concerned about the coronavirus getting into my home. We live near a shopping strip where a lot of people come and go. We only use our single- room air conditioners when it’s absolutely necessary. I’m noticing . . . more
Q. My mother was admitted to a Florida nursing home and we have to sell her house. She has Alzheimer’s and is incapable of communicating. Our attorney had a title company prepare a report, and the title search showed . . . more
Q. Regarding what a previous person wrote about home-improvement TV, I wonder if I should try doing work to finish my basement myself, and whether there are any restrictions . . . more
Q. We live near the water and have vertical plank siding. I’m told it’s cedar. It’s been there many years, and we noticed that it’s rotted from the back side and ready to crumble. more
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