Q&A INDEX

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BUILDING DEFECTS & REPAIR
Fixing Bouncy, Sagging Floors
Buckling Asphalt Shingles
Carpenter Ants, Identifying & Treating
Decks, Restoring Cracked and Weathered
Termite and Water Damage, Repairing
Vertical Siding, Rot Along Bottom
Window Flashing Tape, Black Stains From

BUYING LAND
Building Lot Questions: Who to Ask?
Buried Debris and Foundation Damage
Buy Land-House Package or Hire Custom Builder?
Earnest Money Refunds?
Filled Land, Building On
Poor Soils, Building On
Steep-Site Building Costs
Unbuildable Lots, Building On
Wet Sites, Building On

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES
Ceramic Tile, Drilling
Ceramic Tile Subflooing
Composite Trim For Decks & Porches
Decks, Restoring Cracked and Weathered
Loadbearing Walls, Removing

Metal vs. Plastic Roofing for Carport
PEX vs. Copper Plumbing

Roofing Underlayment for Tile
Rooftop Decks, Leak-Proof Details

Window Flashing, Leakproof

DESIGN
Beach Houses, Durable Details
Design-Build on a Tight Budget
Finding the Right Designer for your Project
Specifications, Where to Get
Who Pays for Architect’s Mistakes?
Who Pays If Plans Don’t Meet Code?
Who Owns an Architect’s Plans and CAD Files?

ENERGY CONSERVATION
Basement Insulation
Basement Vapor Barriers
Dense-Pack Cellulose vs. Exterior Foam
Radiant Slab Insulation
Radon Risks and Mitigation
Spray Foam for Cathedral Ceilings

ESTIMATING & BIDDING
Allowances – What’s Fair?
Comparing Bids: Is Low Bid the Best?
Cost-Plus: Are Supervision Costs Billable?
Cost-Plus: for New Homes
Cost-Plus: How Much Markup?
Cost-Plus vs. Fixed-Price Bids
Design-Build on a Tight Budget
Estimate Seems Vague on Details
Getting Bids for Rot Repair
Modular Housing Costs vs. Site-Built
Owner-Supplied Labor for Part of a Job
Should I Pay for an Estimate?
Refund if Job Costs Less Than Bid?

FOUNDATIONS & SITEWORK
Basement Flooding: Drying and Repair
Basement Insulation
Basement Leakage, Existing Homes
Basement Leakage, New Homes
Basement Vapor Barriers
Buried Debris, Erosion, and Foundation Damage
Buried Rubble, Building On
Expansive Clay Soils and Foundation Damage
Filled Land, Building On
Poor Soils, Building On
Soil Washed Away Under Foundation

Walk-Out Basements, How Much Slope?
Wet Sites, Building On

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Builder’s Risk Insurance, Who Should Buy?
Building Permit: Who Should Apply?
Buy a Land-House Package or Hire My Own Builder?
Hiring a Construction Manager
Resolving Disputes Over Specs, Change Orders, and Cost Overruns
The Final Check and Punch List
Warranties and New-Home Defects

WELLS & SEPTIC SYSTEMS
Acidic Water Treatment
Alternative Septic Systems Allowable?
Hard Water Treatment
Perc Test: Best Time of Year?
Testing for Well & Septic

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