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Handyman on call

Handyman on Call

How can he stop the leaks?

Q. I live in a brownstone southeast of Boston and we have chased water leaks for the 15 years that I’ve been here. We have repointed the brick exterior, put on a new roof, completely rebuilt our wood bay. We have hired about a half-dozen contractors over the years and spent close to $100,000 but the leaks continue especially with wind-driven rain.

I know you probably can’t address specifics with this information, but my question is: what’s the next step short of continuing to redo all we’ve done? Are there “leak experts,” or should an architect schooled in brownstone construction be found (where?) and how does one trace the origin of wind-driven leaks? Replacing our water-damaged interior walls every year is really getting old.

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