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Windows and Doors November 25, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Someone to measure and install windows

I have a place to purchase the windows but I need someone who will measure and install. Not a landmark property. Looking at Pella or Marvin. Also need 2 doors leading to yard measured and installed. Thank you

Electricians November 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Electrical Upgrade- All at once or in phases

Hi all,

For various reasons it may be necessary to do the renovation we are planning in stages vs. original plan of doing all at once (original plan was for all new electrical, plumbing, finish work, etc).

So the question is, in a single family home, is it possible and/or advisable to do upgraded electrical on one floor at a time vs. the entire home all at once? We will be getting an entire new service now as well as, but the hope is to then upgrade the actual wiring 1 floor at a time. Any advice from people who have tried this?

Thanks in advance.

Handymen and Odd Jobs November 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Need handyman recommendation – Bed Stuy area

Hey all,

My current handyman is incredibly busy these days, and is no longer available without a month notice or more. I have some immediate work to be done before the winter: radiator angle valve replacements, and some window seal+balance replacements.

Does anyone have anyone they’d recommend who’s reliable and doesn’t charge contractor rates?


Roofers November 25, 2015 at 11:41 am

Invasion of Spam Mail from Shady Real Estate Investor

Want to inquire from the Brownstoner hive mind: are you overwhelmed with spam inquiries from real estate investors trying to buy your property all cash for low prices?

I am very annoyed as I am unable to unsubscribed from these pesty mails. One of them in particular, Dolphin Properties, just keeps sending them and when I ask them to unsubsribe me they hang up the phone.

How do you deal with that? All I do is getting drowned in junk mail…

Thank you.

Roofers November 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

Renovation advice

I am planning on selling my pre-war 1 bedroom in the spring. I want to start renovation after the New Year. I have original doors and door hardware. I also have baseboard moldings.

I need to upgrade the kitchen. I was thinking of plywood cabinets with hardwood doors and granite counters (I never upgraded the current kitchen). Would I get a better price with Ikea cabinets with SemiHomeMade doors?

I am also thinking of leaving the original square bathroom tiles but tiling the bathroom floor. People in my building have been tiling the bathroom completely from floor to ceiling with large tiles. Is this a trend?

Finally, should I add crown moldings and ceiling fans? My electrical system was upgraded before I moved in but I will update the fixtures.

I want a decent price as I would like to buy a similar co-op in a different building.


Real Estate – Sales November 25, 2015 at 10:44 am

Pulling House to Sell in Spring Market?

We greatly underestimated the current down trend in the market for the fall, while trying to sell a SFH in a very popular part of Brooklyn. We have read it is the worst market for sales since 2008? We currently have an offer we are considering that is definitely below the market value of our place, and quite frankly we are insulted by it. We are not desperate to sell, but do intend to sell within the next year in order to move on to our next home. (Which needs to be funded by the current place being sold.) Is there a real benefit to coming off the market now, and coming back on in the spring? Or is this as good as it gets for the short-medium term pricing. Any input welcome.

Heating November 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

Tankless Water Heaters

Does anyone have experience with using tankless hot water heaters, like this one, in a residential application? My house has 3 bathrooms, one of which has a 100 gallon soaking tub that is filled with a high flow rate (12 gpm) faucet.

“The T-M50 Series, specifically designed for heavy-duty applications, is the largest Takagi tankless heater yet, and the most powerful (14.5 GPM max) in the tankless industry! The T-M50 Series is suitable for commercial applications (hotels, restaurants, government, convalescent homes, etc.) that require high demand and the most durable of heaters. Along with HRS35 copper alloy, the T-M50 Series is the only commercial unit in the industry that offers a “dual-combustion system,” providing redundancy for added reliability”

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Roofers November 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

New Boiler Recommendations and Questions


We are shopping for a new gas boiler. We live in a 3 story brownstone and currently have a 175BTU boiler that is probably 50 years old. We’ve had several people out who have quoted different products and after reading online we’re confused.

Williamson 175 is one option. The AFUE rating is 82.2%

New Yorker is the second option. Basically the same energy ratings.

Do we need to get a higher efficiency boiler? Online I’ve read 90%-95% are considered high ratings. Both people who’ve come out to our house have told us that it’s impossible to go that high because of the way our system is set up, it will get the water too hot.

Basically I want to know opinions on those two boilers and what I should be looking for.

Thanks so much for any advice or guidance.

Soundproofing November 24, 2015 at 6:15 am

Suggest some sound controlling devices

Hi all

I am renovating my home, so i think that to go with soundproofing ceilings and pipes. I would be best option to control noise that is irretating. However searching online i have found different sites providing the products of soundproofing and vibration control but i am not able to know how to go with the best option. If anyone having any personal experience of soundproofing products please suggest me.

About Brooklyn November 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Looking for good honest termite inspector for my brownstone.

Any recommendations please?
Thank you very much.
Happy thanksgiving.

For Sale November 23, 2015 at 8:56 am

Omnia Polished Stainless Steel #12 Leverset w/Round Rosette

New in Box – asking $25 obo
Reg. $56.00

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For Sale November 23, 2015 at 8:46 am

Brand New In the box Kohler 'Purist' Bathroom Hardware – Price Reduced

Price Reduced from last posting
3x Kohler ‘Purist’ Pivoting toilet paper holder.
Polished Chrome. Excellent unused condition.
$25 each or all three for $60.

4x Kohler ‘Purist’ Polished Chrome Towel Rings
Excellent unused condition.
$25 each or all four for $90

3x Kohler ‘Stillness’ 2.5 gpm Multifunction 4-way handshower. Model #973-CP
Polished Chrome. Matches with the ‘Purist’ line.
1 in the box and two that lost their box during construction but are in original bubble wrapping and brand new.
$25 each or all three for $60.

More photos available if interested.

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Flooring November 23, 2015 at 12:40 am

Color matching parquet floor tiles

Does anyone have a good flooring recommendation for matching the color of old and new glue down parquet flooring. We recently had water damage and had to remove and install a portion of flooring. The color is noticeably off so we’d like to bring someone in to even off the color. Thanks in advance.

Plumbers and Plumbing November 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

PEX tubing used in supplying water to washer machine

in the process of repairing a damaged section of the drywall, we discovered a section of water lines to washer machine was ran with PEX tubing.

hot and cold water pipes starts with copper, but there is a section are PEX then back to copper near the washer machine outlet. I don’t know the history on why it was done that way.

I hear in NYC, PEX is only allow for heating so that would make this not up to code. Appreciate your feedbacks on this.


Roofers November 22, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Replace wall to wall with hardwood floors

Hi – looking for someone to rip up the horrible 20 year old wall to wall carpeting in our new house in Bed-Stuy and install hardwood floors. When our house was renovated years ago sadly most of the original details were removed – hoping to find a contractor who could see if there are any original floors left under the carpets, or be able to re-create something that looks similar to how the floors looked when house was originally built. Please let me know if you have any recommendations. Thanks!

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