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Roofers September 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Shutters out on sidewalk

I just walked past what appeared to be a full set of shutters put out on the sidewalk for collection. They are on Jefferson between Bedford and Nostrand on the south side of the street. I didn’t stop to inspect them, but they looked salvageable.

About Brooklyn September 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Cost for new roof railing

I am in the process of purchasing a brownstone. I want to install a roof railing on 2 sides of the roof (1 side ~15 feet, and 1 side ~20 feet).

Any guidance on how much it would cost to install a simple metal railing including required permits (and going through the landmark approval process)?

Thanks!

Electricians September 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Installing a programmable thermostat

I’ve now had two electricians balk on replacing my basic thermostat with one that’s programmable citing the complexity of the job. Apparently, it involves reworking the boiler connections and running an extra wire or something. Whatever. I would just like the job done by someone who has done this before and won’t be surprised when he comes by and actually takes a look. Any recommendations? Feel free to solicit yourself along with what you’ll charge–I’ll buy the thermostat itself.

About Brooklyn September 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Latest post on top….

Can the forum be fixed so that a topic moves up to show the latest post on a given topic? Quite frustrating to have to scroll down a few days to the latest post. My impression was that most forums have a ‘latest post’ order on threads…not so here

Architectural Salvage September 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Pier mirror appraisal?

Hi. We need to sell an extremely large pier mirror which sits between the front windows on our parlor floor. We are fairly certain that it is not original to the house. Wondering if anyone knows of an appraiser that could come and tell me it’s value or where to start to try to sell it. Thanks!

Flooring September 29, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Getting in touch with Jose Zambrano

Jose was recommended to me last week when I posted about a water damaged parquet floor. I called him twice at 917.355.7977 last week and left messages. Anyone know if he’s still around and if there’s another number to reach him at? Thanks.

Foundation September 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Eliminating garden floor moisture in a brownstone?

Our Bed-Stuy brownstone has had a moisture/mildew/mold issue since we moved in 6 years ago, both in the cellar and the garden/ground floor. It’s been a bit better with a dehumidifier running 24/7 in the cellar (draining to the main drain line), and a series of window, ceiling and standalone fans running essentially all summer while we keep the doors open. But even with all that, there is a whiff of sour mildew many days, for days at a time after it rains. I don’t encounter this in other brownstones. Any idea what I can do about it? There’s a drain in the backyard, but none in the front. The coal chutes are not very well sealed. We put in a backyard deck that puts the back of the house in shade and makes it a bit damp back there. But with all this, it’s hard to tell where the smell is coming from.

Heating and Cooling September 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

splitting thermostat in a brownstone

We rent two floors in a brownstone. Landlord says all heat in the building is controlled by the same thermostat, and won’t keep our apartment at the temperature we want (says the tenant above us complains that it is too hot).

Does anyone know how expensive it would be to have a separate thermostat installed to control the heat in just our area of the building? I’m not sure if that is possible or if it would require a huge renovation of the building’s heating system. Hoping it’s doable and cheaper than having to move/pay a broker’s fee.

About Brooklyn September 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Measuring fontage of a particular NYC block.

Does anyone know of a online tool or if there is a area of NYc.gov that is able to display the frontage of any given block in Brooklyn? Probably a long shot but Brownstoner readers seem to have tons of available information. Thanks for any help.

About Brooklyn September 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

Egress question with tenants

I’m renting out the lower duplex of my rowhouse and a wall was built in the parlor level hallway to divide the two units. The parlor level doors will remain closed and tenants will always go in through the garden level door.

I’m interested to know if others have a similar arrangement and how they deal with the parlor doors. I expect the doors to remain locked but if I give the tenants a key they will have full access to my apartment upstairs. Any time I’m not home, they can open the doors and come right in.

The tenants will able to exit the building from the front and back at the garden level and from the parlor floor windows (in the event of an emergency). Is it illegal for me to keep the parlor doors locked and not give them a key?

About Brooklyn September 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Stoop & Front Courtyard Redo

Hello Brownstoner’s
Can someone help me decide if it is too late to redo our stoop and courtyard this year or should we wait until spring. We plan to brownstone the stoop and bluestone the courtyard. Thx for your help with this.

Heating and Cooling September 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Baseboard heating

We are in the middle of a gut renovation of a 2 family and we are converting the heating from steam to hot water. I stead of using regular radiators we were suggested to use baseboard heaters. Now that the job is progressing they are telling us that we will basically need these baseboards all along the side of the building, on both floors!!! This means we won’t have any wall space for furniture….is this normal or is the contractor overestimating the amount of heat we will need??

About Brooklyn September 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

How to remove a fireplace mantel ?

What is the right series of steps to remove a marble fireplace mantel from a brick/masonry/plaster wall?

Thanks!

Renovation September 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Looking for fireplace mantel – arched Italianate or Victorian

Looking for an Italianate or Victorian fireplace mantel with an arched opening.
Looking for approx 5′ outside width

Let me know if you have one you are interested in selling.
Or know of good places to source.

Thanks

Renovation September 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

Design-build experiences?

Hello, Has anyone on here had any good or bad experiences with company’s that provide design and construction services, such as My Home, The Renovated Home, etc? I’m seriously considering the benefits of hiring a one stop shop, but I’m aware there could be some pit falls. Good and bad, please share, it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks.

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Replied on October 1, 2014 at 12:36 am

splitting thermostat in a brownstone

zhiding, yes a thermostatic valve (donfoss or danfoss?? spelling??) will help you reduce the temper…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Latest post on top….

We moved to the standard WordPress platform with no custom programming because our users requested …
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Installing a programmable thermostat

Thermostats must be installed by heating Contractor. Electricians don’t know how to pick prop…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Shutters out on sidewalk

I just walked past what appeared to be a full set of shutters put out on the sidewalk for collectio…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Cost for new roof railing

I am in the process of purchasing a brownstone. I want to install a roof railing on 2 sides of the…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Contractor threatening us

I believe them ……. unfortunately. They are scared of their own shadow, local advertis…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Installing a programmable thermostat

the issue is that these new thermostats (nest, wifi, programmable) really take time and knowledge t…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Pottery Barn Trinity Triptych Mirror (Brand New, with original box/packaging)

I am interested in purchasing this mirror. Please advise if still available. vilmax@aol.com
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

video inspection for a sewer line

I have used a small shop by the name of Scooter Rooter. Very honest and reasonably priced Scott &#…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Water and sewer main insurance?

I had a terrible experience with the insurance. I first called and they told me that my home was no…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Contractor threatening us

Cate, i do not buy it for a second…neither do many here – sadly!
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Latest post on top….

Cate, that is like saying ‘we believe the earth to be flat’…latest comment on a t…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm

splitting thermostat in a brownstone

I was thinking about this as well since i have 1 thermostat. But would putting in a thermostatic va…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Latest post on top….

and while we’re on the subject of improvements. can you bring back the “like” fea…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Latest post on top….

a blog has the latest story on top, oldest on the bottom – sure – no one will disagree …
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

What if contract does not have upfront $$ for 203k loan

This is why 203K’s are tricky, if the homeowner does not have the upfront cash, then the cont…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm

How to remove a fireplace mantel ?

I also see that you have a post looking for a fireplace. Is this question regarding that you have f…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Installing a programmable thermostat

i bought and replaced my own and it was very easy. Replaced the cable with a new one that had a d…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

How to remove a fireplace mantel ?

If it is in good shape, call one of the architectural salvage places and they will come and take it…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Latest post on top….

We are a blog, not a wiki. Hence the latest post, not the latest comment, appears on the top.
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Contractor threatening us

If the post mentioned a contractor who is NOT an advertiser, I still would have deleted it.
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Installing a programmable thermostat

I did my own from an antique doughnut & it had all the wires needed. Wiring color codes have c…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

splitting thermostat in a brownstone

Go to nyc.gov and check the law. http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/tenants/heat-and-hot-water.shtml…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Installing a programmable thermostat

I’ve now had two electricians balk on replacing my basic thermostat with one that’s pro…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Contractor threatening us

mr b., get real legal advice like another user said. if you weren’t concerned about the adve…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

Pier mirror appraisal?

posting a photo might get you a free appraisal and a buyer.
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

Eliminating garden floor moisture in a brownstone?

I’d agree that at least one French drain would go a long way to mitigating the problem.
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

What if contract does not have upfront $$ for 203k loan

You could take the loan and upfront the costs. Once the work is done you would keep the money the b…
Replied on September 30, 2014 at 2:23 am

Recs for window replacement?

Well I can suggest you a better source…they may not be in Brooklyn but can surely advice you …

 

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