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About Brooklyn October 25, 2014 at 10:59 am

Browstone Window Shutters for Sale

Original Brownstone window shutter for sale in perfect condition.
$100.00 each set.
29″h x 18 1\8″w for each panel total width for one set 36 1/4″. (2 sets available) will cover one window
31 1/2″h x 18 1/8″”w for each panel total width for one set 36 4/4″ (2 seta available) will cover one window

For Sale October 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Radiator Tops / Shelves – Two Very Old "Pietra Dura" Italian Marble Tops $500

Beautiful “Pietra Dura” Marble & Precious Stone ‘specimen’ Tops
They make very sturdy, handsome shelf/tops for your radiators.

I used them as such for many years. They stay warm to the touch – never hot. My violets loved the one in the hall in winter. Kept books and a lamp on another.

I’m moving to Europe soon. Too heavy to take. I live in Westchester Co. at the moment. Email me with questions, please.

Size: 40.5″ x 12.5″ (ends) & 13″ (middle crest)
Size: 39.5″ x 12 (ends & middle)

Construction October 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm
About Brooklyn October 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Floor finishing — Poly alternative

I need to finish new white oak floors and would love to hear from anyone who has used a non-polyurethane solution. I am hoping to achieve a light to medium brown matte/satin finish. So far, I’ve heard about Rubio Monocoat and Waterlox. I am concerned that the Waterlox will not give me the brown color I am seeking without the redish tone. And, I am concerned about the durability of the Monocoat — I have two very active kids and entertain quite a bit.

Any experience with the durability of either of these products or suggestions for alternatives is greatly appreciated. Thanks

About Brooklyn October 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Custom wood doors – Advice please!

I am about 3/4 through a full gut reno of an 1894 brownstone and we need to order doors — starting to see the finish line. The house originally had solid oak, 5-panel doors, which we sold to salvage (kind of regretting that, but they were in pretty bad shape and that’s water under the bridge). I am now trying to purchase stain grade 2 panel oak doors for the house and was hoping to get recommendations for companies that can provide a high quality door. If you have purchased similar doors, what company did you use? What is the range per door that I should expect to spend? And, any views on solid wood vs. MDF/stave core are very much appreciated.


About Brooklyn October 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

homeowners rights regarding neighbors construction

Can anyone offer advice on homeowners rights regarding neighbors construction situation? Our neighbors- a condo building next to us needs to re-do their exterior stucco wall adjacent to 3 story house. This wall goes alongside of our patio over a 1st fl roof extension, and above our top/ 3rd floor roof. The condo needs to erect scaffolding in front of our property, and probably in back on our patio for 6 weeks. Are we entitled to compensation? I am worried that they will do damage, cause our tenants to bitch, cause water problems in future for us, if they dont re-flash our roof properly, etc.

We agreed to have construction guy who will build scaffolding and property manager over next week.
Any advice I what I should insist on? Get in writing?

Heating and Cooling October 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm

115v mini-split wiring


I bought a 115v Gree 9,000 btu ductless mini-split. The person who did the installation is certified and was recommended by the store who sold me the mini split system.

After the installation was completed, a friend who is an electrician (but not an expert in mini-split installation) looked at the wiring and said that the followings are missing:
- no ground wiring
- GFCI missing
- the box where all the wires are connected to the condenser outside (see attached) is only 1.5 feet above the ground. He is worried that there could be a problem in case there is 3 feet of snow.

Then I called the mini split vendor and got the following answers:
- ground wire isn’t mandatory for 115v mini split systems.
- GFCI isn’t needed
- the electrical box and condenser are waterproof, so no need to worry.

Who is right? Should I be worried?


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DOB October 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Creating a third bedroom – can a general contractor file, or architect?

Hi there Brownstoners,

I would like to create a third-bedroom out of a two-bedroom apartment in Carroll Gardens, which involves moving some walls and putting up some new ones. In order to create a legal third bedroom, can we just hire a general contractor to do the work, filing with the DOB, etc.? Or is only a liscensed architect legally allowed to do the filing? This is our first NYC renovation, and I want to make sure we do the research first before hiring unnecessary parties.

Thanks for you advice! Also, any advice on general contractors/ design and build firms would be appreciated!

Exterminator October 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

Mice between the walls… what should we do?

Approximately 2 weeks ago I heard mice scurrying between my floors. So I went out and bought some traps. I’ve yet to catch them. There are no signs of them entering our unit. We have 2 indoors cats. Our tenants on the 3rd floor also have 2 cats. And they have not seen any signs of them entering their unit. I have not tried using poison with the fear of the mouse getting desperate and actually entering the apartment looking for water and poisoning our cats. The sound is pretty gross and its hard for us to sleep. What does the community recommend?

Plumbers and Plumbing October 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Has anyone replaced their sewer line?

I am about to replace my lead water main. I was told after having a camera sent down my sewer line that some roots have broken through and are growing inside. I was quoted 15k to replace it, but the plumber recommended that I have the pipe power washed and use a root killer. He also recommended a maintenance plan that included the root killer once or twice a year. The power wash with root killer is 2k.

My question is would your replace your sewer line? Does 15k sound like a lot?

Thanks in advance.

Renovation October 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm


Any recommendations? I want to get a tub re-glazed. I understand that with good care it may last 5-7 years and that would work quite well for me… know anyone? Thanks!

Roofers October 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Plumber for Sprinkler System Inspection

Hello Brownstoner -

I am looking for a plumber to inspect or sprinkler system. Can someone recommend a qualified plumber and tell me roughly what the cost is. Thx.

Real Estate October 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Living Near Highway

Anyone live in a building near the BQE or any other of the highways and have any health concerns or tips for dealing with potential pollution. There are a lot of conflicting studies out there about health risks. It seems like there are a fair amount of new buildings done or going up near the BQE (Hicks St. and in the waterfront park) and would love to hear anyone’s experiences.


About Brooklyn October 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

Forum is getting Spam-y again

Is there a way we can flag spam posts to the forum?

Landlord October 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Death of a Tenant

Unfortunately, my tenant passed away recently. We had a good relationship for the duration of stay and the tenant will be greatly missed.
I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge of landlord rights in this circumstance. The tenant had a lease that would have expired on the last day of next April.
I have no intention of making life any harder for the family nor do I want to be greedy. I am just hoping to be made aware of my rights as a landlord going forward.

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