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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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2016-11-28 Sap-like stuff coming from ceiling:

Chad,    My first guess is there is a small leak in the roof and what you're seeing is dirty water.    Check the area above the ceiling. If it's wet, the water is coming from somewhere.     Fix the roof

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


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