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About Brooklyn April 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

'Fence permit' – anyone here took one out himself?

I read that you need it if you go over 6′ tall which I am considering to….

Anyone did it on his own? how is the process?

For Sale April 26, 2015 at 7:24 am

Antique Mahogany Manatle and Doors (worth thousands but will take best offer)

We need to sell this gorgeous antique mahogany mantle today. Very bottom has a little water damage but can easily be restored with a clean up. We also have mahongany doors both original wood and painted white.

Must be picked up today. Will accept best offer we receive by noon.

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General Discussion April 26, 2015 at 6:57 am

$2000 reasonable estimate to install new 3 unit buzzer entry/intercom system?

Hi Brownstoners, the existing buzzer entry system in our 3 unit home is malfunctioning (works only sporadically, and each unit is experiencing the same problems) and we received an estimate of $2000 to replace it – without any electrical work in case any major work is necessary. I’m not even sure it needs to be replaced, but the vendor claims that troubleshooting it and repairing it, if reparable, will likely end up costing something similar ($150 per hour for the technicians, a minimum of 3 hours). Does this sound reasonable? I was hoping for a repair bill for a few hundred bucks, not to have to spend $2000 to replace the whole thing.

Brownstone Renovation April 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Brownstone renovation

We are just getting started on a brownstone renovation and operating on a low budget. Anyone want to offer how much they paid for the following work- and if you had a great experience with a contractor, plumber, electrician, please share:

Electrical upgrade (it’s a 4,000 sq ft house)
New boiler
Chimney lining
Ceiling plaster restoration (crown molding and medallions)

Thanks!

Brownstone Renovation April 25, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Stoop Repair- Masonry wall structural issues

April 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm
Structural repair of Stoop Walls

Has anyone had to repair the underside of the walls that support the stoop? After this winter’ extreme temperature I noticed cracks on the bottom stairs.
I inspected the space under the stoop and the brick walls that were previously stuccoed, have lost their stucco finish and the mortar for the exposed brick is loose. Clearly the movement on the wall is causing the crack.
This is not a cosmetic stoop repair job. The brownstone repair guys are good at dealing with the surface of the steps but this will require structural repair underneath first, before I can finish the stoop outside.

The first step (pun intended) is finding a structural engineer that specializes in restoration work so we can figure out how to stage the work to repair the masonry and then finish the steps outside.

Any suggestions on good structural engineers? Any one can share if they had to do this kind of work before?

Thanks for your feedback.

About Brooklyn April 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Structural repair of Stoop Walls

Has anyone had to repair the underside of the walls that support the stoop? After this winter’ extreme temperature I noticed cracks on the bottom stairs.
I inspected the space under the stoop and the brick walls that were previously stuccoed, have lost their stucco finish and the mortar for the exposed brick is loose. Clearly the movement on the wall is causing the crack.
This is not a cosmetic stoop repair job. The brownstone repair guys are good at dealing with the surface of the steps but this will require structural repair underneath first, before I can finish the stoop outside.

The first step (pun intended) is finding a structural engineer that specializes in restoration work so we can figure out how to stage the work to repair the masonry and then finish the steps outside.

Any suggestions on good structural engineers? Any one can share if they had to do this kind of work before?

Thanks for your feedback.

Interior Decorators and Designers April 25, 2015 at 7:35 am

Looking for a decorator

We’re looking for someone to help us make design decisions for our new condo. I’m looking through the listings here on Brownstoner, but any personal recommendations would be appreciated.

Brownstone Renovation April 25, 2015 at 2:50 am

Electrical upgrade

We are considering purchasing an 1878 multi family brownstone that needs an electrical upgrade for the entire house. Anyone have an idea how much this will cost? Any electrician recommendations? Thanks!

About Brooklyn April 24, 2015 at 7:06 pm

TR1 Special Inspections

Hi Everyone,

I am an RA here in the city. I have a question regarding the TR1 special inspections and I am getting conflicting information from a couple of different expeditors. We have a small kitchen/bath renovation in single family house, less than 3 stories high and a Type III construction classification (here in BK). I was previously told that I could still perform the firestopping inspection as-of-right without an SIA# because this is an R-3 occupancy and less than 3 stories high. A different expeditor is telling me that this is no longer the case.

A link to the DOB site mentions this, which seems to support the former (link below):

A registered design professional with relevant experience may perform most Special Inspections in connection with the construction or alteration of Occupancy Group R-3 buildings, three stories or less in height. Additional qualifications are needed to perform Special Inspections in connection with excavation and foundation activities.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/development/special_insp_overview.shtml

This would also seem to correspond with me selecting the 2nd paragraph on page 3 of the TR1, link below:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/tr1_newcode.pdf

Any insight by someone with direct experience on this issue would be greatly appreciated! I’m just trying to confirm if I have been misinformed or not so I do not waste any more time. Thanks everyone!

General Discussion April 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm

original rowhouse blueprints and permit photo gallery

When researching my 1909 brick rowhouse I had trouble finding original floorpans or blueprints online. Finally I went to the Joralemon St DOB, found these in the file for my row, photographed them using my phone, and carefully returned them.
From what people tell me, I was very lucky to find these, as most have been lost. They are incredibly detailed and accurate, with only a few discrepancies that we’ve been able to figure out so far.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28731509@N06/sets/72157652151167501/

For Sale April 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm

4 BRAND NEW UNUSED Kohler Bath tubs

Hi everyone!
We are selling 4 brand new never used Kohler Archer k-1123-0 bath tubs with drains (Clearflo k-7272).
Each tub was originally purchased for $665, each drain was purchased for $150. Requesting $400 per tub (including the drain). All was purchased recently.
The tubs were leftover from a renovation project. We ended up going with a different design.
All specs can be viewed here-
Tubs: http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatalog/pdf/1071354_4.pdf
Drain: http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatalog/pdf/1069650_4.pdf
Tub color: White.
Drain color: Chrome.
Delivery within Brooklyn can be arranged for an extra charge.

Plumbers and Plumbing April 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Need welder/plumber to repair small section of pipe?

A segment of outdoor water pipe cracked this winter. It connects my outdoor hot and cold water lines via a T junction to a spigot for a hose. It consists of several threaded pieces but the “T” section is cut to size and welded together. The T section is what cracked and this piece is not user replaceable because its welded together. Any ideas on who can repair or rebuild this for me? The entire piece – which I’ve unscrewed from the water lines – is about a foot long – the T junction portion roughly in the middle.

Thanks,

Dave

Brownstone Renovation April 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

stoop repair: z. abedin

hello. has anyone used z. abedin for stoop repair? what was your experience?
thank you.

Heating and Air Conditioning April 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Split system AC/Heat installation company recommendations

Bstoners,
Anyone have recommendations for installers they found did a good job and gave fair quotes for mini-split A/C + heat systems recently? I have gotten a few names off of here already, but most of the posts were from a few years back.

We are looking to do 3-4 zones per floor (total of 5 floors) with separate units for 4 of the 5 floors (its a 4 family). Want Mitsubishi or similar with cassette style setups. Each floor is about 1100 sq ft.

Thanks!!!

Plumbers and Plumbing April 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Cost to replace gas furnace for hydronic (radiator) heating system?

I got a quote for $7,500 for labor and the furnace, no plumbing needed as we’re not moving it. It’s a furnace for a small brownstone, replacing a very old one. Any thoughts on whether that’s a reasonable price?

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