Last summer one of the zones of our LG A/C system stopped working. We had a well known local company come out to assess the issue but after a 3rd visit they stopped the project. They also won't return my phone calls this year. I'm guessing that they don't want to continue the project. Can anyone recommend a reliable service that could help us? I'm told that LG systems are hard to find those willing to service them but this may or may not be true. More»
1:44 PM 05/21/2013
I asked about this a while back, but drew up a diagram to better explain what I'm looking to do with my steam pipe in the basement.
The main pipe (3" I think) comes straight out of the boiler room and was run right through the corner of the room across the hall (red line in diagram), making part of that space unusable as a finished rec room.
What I'd like to do it run the pipe down the hall instead (green line is the altered path). It would add two bends to the path of the pipe- will this greatly affect performance? I know the pitch is key a... More»
11:41 AM 05/21/2013
Has anyone seen any cicadas yet? I keep reading about the impeding 17-year biblical plague we're supposed to be getting but haven't seen any trace of it. I also don't remember ever seeing this before (other than the regular cicadas that come out every year), and I've lived in Brooklyn all my life. More»
11:25 AM 05/21/2013
I am about to paint my (flat) roof white and looking for product recommendations. There are several levels of white roof coating at Lowe's ranging from $31 to $140 per 5-gallon bucket. I've read that the cheaper ones don't last as long and will tend to wash off. I'm leaning toward the Black Jack Ultra Roof 1000 at Lowe's, which is $100 and is elastomeric with silicone. The $31 bucket (on sale from $62) doesn't say elastomeric, it says just "White Roof Coating" so I fear that i'll be back up on the roof in a couple of years recoating it....Anyone have exp... More»
10:59 AM 05/21/2013
Hey Folks - I'm looking for a contractor that will work with 203K financing. Our renovation scope will be minimal - we'd like to add a bathroom if possible. We're getting our mortgage through Wells Fargo.
I need to move forward with a contractor ASAP. Please let me know if you have a recommendation.
Thanks for your help! More»
8:02 AM 05/21/2013
I just bought a 1900 built/3-family house in BedStuy, and need to update the bathrooms and kitchens; would also like to renovate the [street level] basment as living space for my college-going daughter (there is a working bathroom down there already). Aside from that, the house doesn't need any major reno, just some cosmetic touches (paint, etc), but I would also be interested to discover if there are any original details hiding under the drywall. Am on a modest budget and looking for an architect and general contractor. Any recommendations? More»
2:44 AM 05/21/2013
I am looking to raise the rear side of a brownstone gable roof to extend the usable space on the attic level (middle part is already in use). It is not a corner house but it has a 5 feet wide alley on one side from where you can see the pitch of the roof from the street. It has a pitch of approximately 1:3 with crown molding on the side. What do you think of the chances this may get approved by the Landmark? Has anyone tried something similar and succeeded? Trying to decide whether it is worth the initial investment to prepare for the applic... More»
7:20 PM 05/20/2013
The apartment above mine has been having toilet issues that gave way on Saturday resulting in three inches of water in their bathroom. Long story short - as a result, I have a 'fracture' in my bathroom ceiling that water poured out out of. Another hoel is opening it. Water was also dripping out of the wood frame of my window and bathroom door. When this was going on I could also hear water coming through behind the walls. The Super came by and puit a temporary patch on my ceiiling. The owner of the apartment above is responsible for all the repairs... More»
4:53 PM 05/20/2013
We are planning on selling our 4-family brownstone in Bed-Stuy and are just in the process of talking to brokers/investors and trying to come up with a sales price. Both an investor and broker independently came up with about the same price. Their price seemed fair, but then I would imagine that both estimates would be on the conservative side. We are hoping to get as much as we can (obviously, I suppose) as we have left NYC and need to invest in our business. Any suggestions of the best way to think about this?
3:40 PM 05/20/2013
I'm planning on digging out 10 sq yds of dirt from backyard and wanted to get a dumpster. Anybody recommend a good company? I called Atlas Roll off and it was about $500 for 5 days and they said they take care of the permit. Anything I need to watch out for? Any advice really appreciated. Thanks. More»
11:31 AM 05/20/2013