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Sagging Remodel Waiting to Happen

When Jane Benson Ackerman finally got around to dealing with the sagging half of her mid-19th-century house, she had no idea what she would find. But the biggest surprise wasn't the covered-up evidence of fires and former windows or the absence of a firm foundation, which her general contractor was alarmed to discover while attempting to shore up a supporting wall in pouring rain. What she uncovered was something less tangible, though no less dramatic.
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