The High Cost of Cutting Corners

The High Cost of Cutting Corners

Catastrophe was narrowly eluded in China when a newly constructed 13 story building collapsed just before completion, killing one worker but avoiding triggering a domino effect among neighboring apartments. The photo has to be seen to be believed (here’s another...
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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently announced that the government now has sufficient funding to redistribute two rebate coupons for converter boxes per household, which will help analog TV watchers make the switch to digital in time...
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Spending My Tax Rebate

Where will I get the biggest bang for my buck? To save or to spend—that is the question. Let’s assume you have no credit card debt (because if you did that would be the best spot to put it). Second, you can live like the grasshopper and do what Bush wants you to do...
The High Cost of Cutting Corners

Permit Me to Give You Some Advice

Want to avoid a bureaucratic nightmare? Secure a permit before doing any work on your home or property. If you don’t believe me, just talk to the Glendale, Calif., couple who were recently fined $347,000 for improperly pruning their trees. After they created a...
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Finders Keepers?

Imagine the surprise of a contractor when he found half a million dollars in rare bills stuffed in a bathroom wall he’d been hired to take down. Now imagine the court fight that ensued when the homeowner offered the contractor a mere 10 percent...
The High Cost of Cutting Corners

The Big Battle over Big Homes

It was only a matter of time — the “monster home” phenomenon of 2000-2005 has generated its own backlash. And let there be no doubt, the size of American homes has grown tremendously. In 1973, the average home was 1,525 square feet and in 2006 it was 2,248...