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Q: I'm thinking of buying a dilapidated old frame house out in the country. A: I was born and raised in Cincinnati, which is blessed to rest upon the world type section of the upper Ordovician Period rock strata. I owned a house built in the late 1800 s in Cincinnati that had a stone foundation.
Q: Tim, I need you to mediate a dispute between my husband and me. We're building a new home, and there are quite a few places where two or more switches can be used to control lights. I like the convenience but my husband has had nothing but problems trying to troubleshoot these three and four-way switches.
Q: Tim, can you explain why I need concrete deck piers under the wood support posts that hold up my deck? I saw an older deck where the posts just rested on pre-cast concrete stepping stones. The deck seemed fine to me.
This column was inspired by something that happened to my sister last week. She called me for advice because she needed a tree removed from her rear yard and she didn't know any reliable tree-removal companies. Perhaps you've been in the same situation recently over a repair or other home project.