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About Brooklyn July 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Oil smell in basement from neighbor?!!

We just closed on a rowhouse in park slope this week and all of a sudden there is strong oil smell in the garden level (we have no true basement) near the wall on one side of the house. We didn’t smell anything during inspection or multiple walkthroughs. We have gas, not oil, heat, but are told the neighbor on that side of the house converted from oil to gas several years ago. Is it her old oil storage tank? Any other possible sources? Who do we call? Thanks!!

About Brooklyn July 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Mystery: Water valve unearthed in basement floor – what is it used for?

We just bought an old 1870s house and there was a round hole in the ground of the basement near the water meter. We dug it up a bit and found a water valve buried in the earth. The water appeared to be on as the meter was clearly running. However we have NO idea where this water is going.

We turned the valve off, and we could hear the water shut off. The water meter stopped running in circles. However, despite the shut off, there is still water in the house…

We noted that we had an incredibly high first water bill – $400. I understand that water bills in 2 families usually run about $40-70.

Why in the world would a water valve be buried in the basement floor? The water has been “running” for 2 months, thus accounting for our high water bill – but we have no idea where the water was going to. Any ideas? Who should we call to investigate? Thanks

Insurance July 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

Insurance during construction

From what I hear my homeowner’s insurance will not be covering during construction. My GC will have his own insurance but if something happens and it’s not his responsibility we are not covered, is that correct? Any advice on how to go forward with this? What kind of insurance do I need and who should I contact to get a quote?

Flooring July 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

FS: Reclaimed Pine Flooring

Extra pine flooring for sale from a big money order. Absolutely beautiful and rare in spec.

- Reclaimed, quarter-sawn, untreated, 2″ thick, 9″ wide, lengths mostly approx. 15″-17″ with pieces in 10-15″, tongue-groove on one side.
- Was from a mill located in the Midwest, kiln dried, and was delivered 3 (THREE!) years ago. Was always stored flat and above ground on site, always dry, free from stains, cracks, damage. Minimal knots. Wood pictured was recently moved from the upper floors to the ground floor (placement shown) to make the sale/move out easier.
- Have approximately 2000 sq. ft. that needs to be sold in its entirety. No loose piece sale. Sold as-is and sale is final. No deliveries/shipping. Payment in cash or certified check.
- Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Asking: $15K

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Windows and Doors July 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

Recs for Iron Doors in Landmarked Brownstone?

Hey ‘Stoners,

Does anyone have a good and reasonably price rec for a company to install a new iron gate/door in a landmarked brownstone? I’m replacing the gate that is under the stoop leading inside of the garden level floor.

Any general prices on how much these doors cost?

Thanks a lot

For Sale July 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

New Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

I bought a wonderful Eames lounge chair and ottoman (black) last fall and paid $5000 with shipping (which costs $500). I’m leaving the country, probably for good, and would like to sell it if I can recoup $4200, otherwise I’ll take it. I have all the paperwork that attests to it being an original and can send photos. Super comfortable. Here’s a link to the chair: http://www.hermanmiller.com/products/seating/lounge-seating/eames-lounge-chair-and-ottoman.html

Brownstone Renovation July 27, 2014 at 7:32 pm

2 kitchens in a Multigenerational single family?

My wife and I are currently looking to consolidate with my mother-in-law to create a multigenerational home. Ideally, we’d like to have some privacy in this set up (say, my wife and I on one floor and mom on another) but we dont need to have seperate entrances, or seperate locked units. However, in such a design we would like to have 2 distinct kitchens.

Some of the BK properties we’ve been looking at are strictly zoned single family. Is such a house legally feasible to renovate like I’ve described? How about the 2 kitchen question? I’d really appreciate input from anyone with experience in this area. Thanks!

Doors July 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Contractor or handyman for closet door fix?

I live in a new construction building (4 yrs old). Many people in the building have been having trouble with the closet doors. The general thought is the the doors are too heavy for the hinges that were used…so they start to scrape the floor. I have had 2 handymen come in to give a quote and recommendation on how to fix. They both think the doors should come off and the bottoms sanded – one said he thinks the floors are uneven. I am doubtful about the floors and would prefer a solution that reinforces the hinges somehow. Want a professional, permanent fix. Also need someone who carries insurance, per building management requirements. I am wondering if this job is better suited to a contractor? Thoughts? Recommendations for someone reliable, affordable and professional? and reachable by email or text (difficult for me to make calls during workweek)

Windows and Doors July 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

New Windows for a landmark building

Is it true that landmarks will only consider all wood windows for the front? Would they consider wood windows with a vinyl frame?
What about the back, is there the same requirement for the back facade that is not visible from the street?

Other July 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Cat sitters needed!!! 2 or 3 different homes

Hello! My husband and I just got married and are looking to travel sept 1 for our large wedding abroad. We have 2 cats, one is a domestic short haired grey, named Bouji. Other cat is a 13 year old calico female named Loveme. Bouji was named bouji because in Polish it means to “nip” (she gives nips when she’s playing). Loveme is an awkward and affectionate cat, she will walk into your hand and demand affection – but runs away if you try to pick her up.

The 3rd cat is Wisp and she is a 2 year old Russian blue. She loves fetch!

Please contact me if you’re interested in cat sitting either cat! Email: project.liberty@gmail.com

Renovation July 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

Staircase Repair

My 3-family in Bed Stuy has a couple cracked steps, and the railing wobbles when held.

How much should this cost to repair?

Reliable suggestions please?

Thanks for your thoughtful response.

About Brooklyn July 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Install Exterior Slab Door

I am ordering a slab door (Simpson) that leads to my patio from Dykes Lumber. It is replacing a metal door that is approximately 36″x84″. The metal frame will remain, so I need someone who can basically cut the hinges on the door, make refining cuts as needed, and hang it. I ordered my last one with installation from Home Depot, but they no longer sell this brand. Can anybody recommend an installer?

Furniture July 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm

FREE MAHOGANY HEADBOARD

Sorry this was posted in wrong place

Anyone want a full size mahogany headboard? Length 57″ Height 45″
Please call 718 452-7197. I live in Bed Stuy
I would hate to put it out for sanitation

Roofers July 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm

MAHOGANY HEADBOARD FREE

Anyone interested in a full size headboard? Dimensions length 57″ heighth 45″
Please call 718 452-7197. I live in Bed Stuy
Would hate to put it out for sanitation

Facade and Brownstone Repair July 26, 2014 at 1:35 am

Tudor Townhouse Facade

Hi,

I am the owner of a tudor house built in the 40′s. I would like to get someone to repaint the wooden facade and also restore the broken piece of the wooden facade. Please see photo:

tudor

RED circle — would like to repaint the wooden part

GREEN circle — would like to replace the missing piece of wood there. It got torn off during a storm.

Please recommend a contractor thanks!

Also looking for a roofer that can do flat roof (rolled up/burnt on) to do some maintenance work, but will try another forum if no one can give recommendation on roofer.

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Replied on July 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Oil smell in basement from neighbor?!!

We just closed on a rowhouse in park slope this week and all of a sudden there is strong oil smell …
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Insurance during construction

Well, the other point to address first is how much work are you having done? If you’re not do…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Mystery: Water valve unearthed in basement floor – what is it used for?

We just bought an old 1870s house and there was a round hole in the ground of the basement near the…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Insurance during construction

So I definitely need my own additional insurance and the one my contractor will get will not be eno…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Insurance during construction

We’ve recommended people to Chuck Chernick of the Arthur Chernick Company for a product calle…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Insurance during construction

Contact your current insure. agent. You’ll want builder’s risk, especially if the buil…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Insurance during construction

Your contractor can list you as additionally insured under his insurance. You can also get builders…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

Insurance during construction

From what I hear my homeowner’s insurance will not be covering during construction. My GC wil…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

Light & Air Shaft Drain Backup

Anyone experience this? Also, when does the city become responsible for maintenance of drains? Our…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 8:58 am

Window restoration vs window replacement

a typical brownstone double hung window would cost more like $800-1000 per window opening to restor…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 8:34 am

Bathrooms

We are able to meet all your needs and finish every job with professionalism and punctuality. RGM …
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

Tudor Townhouse Facade

Hi we will be more than glad to help you with this project, you can contact us @ 718-791-5235 RGM E…
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 8:17 am

Recs for Iron Doors in Landmarked Brownstone?

Have you looked at the place behind Lowe’s on 9th St? I think I’ve seen gates there. …
Replied on July 30, 2014 at 5:43 am

replace a window

The point is if you still wish to get an aluminum frame window or you wish to replace with some oth…
Replied on July 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Recs for Iron Doors in Landmarked Brownstone?

thank you. i’ll check out the rec from metalwork. resident2: the metal gate was removed pri…
Replied on July 29, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Staircase Repair

coresolutionsny.com they have many years experience and reasonable price
Replied on July 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm

SRO Vacant for at least 7 Years, FHA 203K Loan

Hi, No I did not find a lender who would move forward on this scenario – In general SRO was t…
Replied on July 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Recs for Iron Doors in Landmarked Brownstone?

I am also looking for someone to repair/replace mine. Years ago I was broken into. The culprits m…
Replied on July 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

FS: Reclaimed Pine Flooring

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Replied on July 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Up For Grabs! Free Stone!

Hi Rick, did someone come to pick up the bluestone? If not, I would like to come by and pick it up.
Replied on July 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Free Bluestone

Just seeing this post today and I am wondering if the stone was picked up already. If it was not, …

 

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