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I can answer questions about plumbing, electrical, roofing, carpentry, drywall, stucco, flooring, foundation, windows, and planning for typical wood frame houses.

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I have been a landlord and home owner for over 30 years, doing all the repairs myself. I have completed two additions to properties, drawing the plans myself, obtaining permits, and performing the work myself. One of these additions was over 1000 square feet.


I have a bachelors and masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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2016-09-06 Concrete question:

Brent,    You need a professional. A licensed contractor will probably want to remove some of the existing material, and perhaps anchor the railing in a new footing.    If you try to patch these areas

2016-08-10 Adding insulation and replacing drywall:

Samantha,    I live in California, where it's easy to find a number of contractors who specialize in this type of work. I'd guess things are similar there.    The typical approach is to drill holes in

2016-01-07 Roof Replacement:

Stephen,    I've used asphalt shingles with no problems for years. In California, shingles are usually the least expensive option.    A lot of people here choose metal roofs of one kind or another. Some

2015-09-17 New Stucco installation:

Jim,    This is probably the most interesting question I've received.    I have a couple of questions/comments that might help.    Frist, I'm in California and things usually dry out/cure quickly. Do any

2015-05-13 HVAC repair in a home:

Sarah,     I live in  California. Houses here don't have this type of system, the duct work is usually run through the attic.    I might not be much help to you, as I probably have more questions than


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