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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’ve been reading about new homeowners who applied for solar panels and found out they unknowingly bought a home that needs to be raised. What a mess! However, I really can’t get a grasp on the scope of the problem and which homes are affected. more
Q. I want to know what to do about my porch now that we’re selling the house. We changed it from a screened porch to a year-round sunroom (though it’s not heated) about 15 years ago, and thought it was no problem. 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. I just had my deck and pool replaced. I wanted to do it before spring because I missed getting anyone to do it last summer. Everyone was too busy. I had an architect draw the structure plans but . . . more
Q. We’ve never renovated a home before, and we’re wondering what to expect each of the people we might hire to be able to do for us. For example, do we need an engineer if we hire an architect . . .? more
Q. I’m writing about my flat roof leak. Please find enclosed photos of the inside and outside of my home. Since we bought it in 1975, we’ve been having trouble with the flat part of the roof. I’ve had the inside repaired . . . 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. Every winter I get terrible colds, and this year I got a postcard from a company that cleans air conditioning ducts. Does this help? I’m concerned about stirring up more dust. more
Q. We’re in our late 50s, the kids are out of the house and we want to fix it up, add a den and porch to live in it for at least 20 to 30 years more if we can. The house is paid for and . . . more
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