I have an accepted offer on apartment in Sunset Park, but before closing I would like to get some estimates on the ability/cost of replacing a drop ceiling with a standard dry wall (or plaster) one as well installing some pocket doors, in addition to possibly re-doing a kitchen and perhaps some electrical upgrades. Any suggestions?
6:06 PM 06/18/2013
Does anyone out there know of someone that has the aluminum bending machine that can bend some new aluminum sill pieces for me? After years of dealing with leaks and drafts off of new Pella windows, I tore apart the capping to dicover that the original installer never foam selaed any gaps and just capped over them. Ughh... Anyway, I just need a few broze aluminum peices bent and installed. Easy job. Please reaply with any experienced contacts. I'm in Gowanus. Thanks in advance More»
4:01 PM 06/18/2013
Our 5 unit brownstone coop is looking to spruce up our common hallways and are struggling with the sconces so I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions. Brownstone (~1830) was converted in the early '90s and minimal detail remains. We'd like to be economical with the light fixtures, have them give off good light and look nice. Any thoughts?
3:45 PM 06/18/2013
I need to instal a salvaged marble mantel in my new home. The fireplace is not functional and the mantel is just for show. I got one quote (1,400) that seemed incredibly high considering I have all of the pieces and only need it attached to the brick. Does anyone have a contractor/handyman they can recommend for the job? More»
1:34 PM 06/18/2013
I'd like to recommend my electrician Waldek (Wally). He just finished a full rewire of my detail laden brownstone with minimal damage. He installed a new breaker panel, changed about 10 light fixtures and a ton of outlets / switches. His prices are very reasonable and his work is clean and neat. He does all the work himself. I met him when he was changing fixtures for a neighbor of mine in Bed stuy so he does smaller jobs too. . His cell number is 631-606-6159 he lives in Brooklyn and work in NYC only. More»
11:51 AM 06/18/2013
1. Hello there! I’m really excited because I’m having my very own house built in a few months but I still have a lot of planning to do. I have problems deciding what security system I should install. I want a simple one but then I don’t want to leave my house unprotected
What do you guys suggest? Please include a price range, too. I don’t want to spend on something TOO expensive since I already poured out all my savings on building my house. I don’t want to get any of those DIY security systems either ‘cause ... More»
1:18 AM 06/18/2013
Has anybody bought their neighbor's adjoining backyard, or a portion of it? Ours clearly have no interest in using or caring for it, to the point it's now kind of a hazard. And yes it's owner occupied.
Wondering what the legalities are, how much money is involved, how to broach an offer. Just thinking for now. More»
9:23 PM 06/17/2013
My roofer afixed the drainpipe from the roof with the hardware in the photo. It's a collar with a spike that gets pounded into the masonry wall. It keeps coming out. The drainpipe then overshoots the drainhole at the next stage (off my deck) and the rainwater goes flying over the edge of my extension roof. My question: what is the right hardware to use to fasten the drainpipe to the wall? Should I attempt to do the fix or should I hire a professional. If the latter, what sort of dude does this kind of work? Thanks for any comments. More»
8:20 PM 06/17/2013
Thanks to comments received on here to a post regarding removing wooden mantelpieces, we've decided to keep them and instead make them a little better. Is this something we could tackle ourselves? Would a light hand sanding on the old varnish suffice? As for the finish, I would like something with low voc. Any recommendations? Or, is this something we should have an expert do, and if so, any recs? On a related note, we have built in drawers in some closets that I think are 'plain & fancy' brand that smell bad. I think they are plywood (edges show lay... More»
8:11 PM 06/17/2013