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Plumbers and Plumbing July 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Adding a shower

I wish to add a shower to a existing half bath in a two family house. The bathroom size would increase to accommodate the shower. What would I need in terms of DOB approval. Architect plans?, alteration forms, approval process, any other feedback or suggestions would be appreciated, thanks

Mortgage July 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Recommendation for Adam Dahill at Mortgage Master

If you are looking to refinance, I highly recommend Adam Dahill at Mortgage Master. We found Adam through the many positive recommendations he’s received on this forum, and engaged him to refinance our Bed-Stuy townhouse. We had a great experience. He and his team were really on the ball to all issues that came up, and in the end we got an amazing rate (we somehow managed to lock at the nadir of the market, which is maybe just luck, but we’ll give him credit nonetheless). The communication, in particular, was really excellent; he was both responsive and proactive in following up with us whenever there were any issues or updates.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. My email address is my username (see above) at gmail dot com.

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Radiators July 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

just painted radiators: how bad / how long will they smell once heat comes on

We recently completed a reno and had all the radiators in our unit and the rental unit painted with oil-based Rustoleum paint.

I’m expecting them to smell the first time the radiators come on. Does anyone know with this brand / type of paint exactly what to expect, e.g. should we leave the apartment when the heat first comes on, how long will it take for the smell to dissipate, etc etc.

And, if it’s bad enough that we can’t be in the house overnight, how should I handle this with my tenants?

I know, who wants to talk about heating in the middle of Summer? But we’re going to start looking for a tenant soon. Some people can be very sensitive to smells, so if the expectation is the smell will be very bad / last more than a day, I want to let serious prospects know upfront so they can make an informed decision of whether or not to rent from us.


Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks and Steps July 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

Recommendation for masonry work

Hi – we are looking for someone low-cost to do some updates to the retaining wall and patio in our backyard, eg some demolition, replacing existing patio and resurfacing the retaining wall. I’ve gotten a few estimates that seem really high and am just looking for someone who can do a competent but basic job. Any recommendations welcome. Thanks!

Roofers July 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Kingdom Const. Company References?

We got a quote for roof replacement that seems reasonable from Kingdom Construction Co. on Newkirk Ave. I am hoping someone has worked with them before and can give us a reference. Was there work good? Were you happy with them overall? Was there a problem afterwards and if so did they stand by their work? Any and all information is appreciated.

Also any other references for a good and reasonable roofer appreciated as well. We are in Bed Stuy and want to get a second opinion/rate ofcourse.

Thanks fellow brownstoners.

Plumbing July 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

New Yorker CGS Series Boiler

Does anyone have a view on this New Yorker boiler? I understand it’s by a Burnham off shoot company. And I understand that a New Yorker is somewhat cheaper than a Burnham. But for a total newbie, does it matter, especially if the installer is highly recommended by someone I trust?

Thanks, as always, for your input.

Decks and Porches July 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm

She does Balcony Decking Treatments and more…..Susan B Hager and Crew

Susan and crew of Sketch & Hammer created an amazing wood balcony decking floor, after I removed ugly concrete pavers, and framed-out the concrete wall as well–covering it with the same wood, all approved by my building down on the waterfront of Brooklyn Heights. The wood was oiled with a stain as soon as the humidity let up, to complete a viable surfacing…beautiful now for garden plants. She was referred by my friend of a friend who had contracted her company during the winter to ’embellish’ HIS roof-extension!

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About Brooklyn July 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Looking for a carpenter to repair decorative work on stairs

Looking for someone to repair /replace spindles in decorative grille on our stairs – unfortunately we have shallow pockets so any budget options like using reclaimed parts are welcome.

Any and all recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

Plumbers and Plumbing July 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Plumber for lead water line replacement

Can anyone recommend a plumbing company for a lead water line replacement job? I need to replace the lead water line coming from the street main to my house’s basement.

And I would like to know the approximate cost of this kind of job.



Security July 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Remove window security bars? Or replace them with quick release bars?

I just bought a house in Bed-Stuy (Bainbridge & Ralph Ave). On my block, about half the houses have window security bars, and half do not. My insurance company (State Farm) has said that I need to do one of the following with them…

A. Remove the window security bars
B. Or replace them with quick release bars

I’m leaning towards removing them because half of my block already has. But then supplementing my house by installing a security system. But what do you think? Anyone in Bed-Stuy removed their bars and have any insights to share?

Also, do you know of a company that does window security bar removal? I’ve found several that do replacements, but none for removal.

Landlord July 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

new landlord question: what to do when out of town

New landlord of a 2-family here. What do other landlords of small, owner-occupied buildings do when they’re out of town? What is the contingency plan if something urgent comes up? Is there such a thing as a temporary management company that can be on-call, or do you ask a friend be on-call, etc etc.

Permits July 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Sidewalk violation = lien = can't refi, need advice

I have an issue that I’m wondering if anyone might throw a tip my way for.

A property I purchased came with a several year old sidewalk violation (including lien on the title), which we added (in order to get the loan) as a line item to the 203k rehab items.

Since we were rushed (this was right before closing) my broker paid a visit and somehow decided that the problem was a crack running across. That seemed to be true and I trusted him there (my first mistake).

  • After closing, I immediately get two squares redone by the contractor.
  • I then call 311 to get a dismissal inspection, and am told I need a permit (and to wait 30 days).
  • Call contractor, he tells me he never pulled a permit and ‘already told you he wasn’t pulling permits for any of that work’ (even though I repeatedly asked him when he was getting a permit for this to start it), but still my mistake number 2 for not micromanaging this part).
  • Contractor gives me one of his cheap expediters. For $100, this one takes some paperwork for me promising to pull a permit and get the inspection ordered within a few weeks.
  • I wait a few weeks and begin to get on the case of the expediter, who tells me he’ll go ‘next week some time’ (repeatedly for several weeks). He then gets angry and hostile, telling me that he had a death in the family and he ‘doesn’t have to tell me his business’ meaning it’s not his fault that made a promise he can’t keep. He says he’ll do it “this week some time”.

I’m letting the expediter pretend to expedite, and in the meanwhile I’m here looking for some alternatives. Here is what I am currently doing, and where I could use advice telling me if there is something better.

  • I’ve called 311 in order to get a copy of the violation (should’ve done this months ago) to double confirm it was a crack running across. Now waiting ‘up to 30 days’.
  • I’m going to give the expediter another few days (he said ‘this week’) and if he doesn’t come through I’ll go with another expediter in order to get the permit and order an inspection.
  • Once I get the permit and an inspection, I’ll either hope it passes or if it doesn’t, I’m going to do proper repairs and get it re-inspected as soon as possible (which could be 30 days).

Any tips? Will this really block a refinance? I am worried that there might be some other aspect of the sidewalk that’ll prevent them from dismissing the violation.

Meanwhile, in unrelated news the city just put some marks on the sidewalk (a number in bright green paint) like they’re about to do something there around what appears to be a gas or other valve.

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About Brooklyn July 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm

recs for someone to rip out cement backyard to landscape

hi folks. our backyard is covered in cement. would like to tear it out and put in grass and maybe have it landscaped. can anyone make some recommendations?

Windows and Doors July 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm

brick to brick cost

Hello, I am wondering what people think is a reasonable amount to pay for a brick to brick installation (including cost of the windows) for 2 wood parlor windows in landmarked area of Clinton Hill. They measure about 24″ by 92″ on the interior. I was quoted about 4,000 per window for Marvin Magnums by one of the installers often recommended on Brownstoner. I had been thinking the cost would come out a lot closer to 2,000.

Also, I noticed a lot of window installations in the area do not appear to adhere to all the historical detailing (ie they use metal windows). Do people often skip the landmark approval process for brick to brick, and how risky is that if I install windows that more or less look like the originals?

Thanks for your help!

About Brooklyn July 26, 2015 at 7:05 pm

contract question

My co-op received a bid for a masonry job. The description of the job is extremely minimal and it does not specify the types of materials to be used, the amount, the price per foot, etc. Should a contract with a mason specify this type of thing? We are redoing a walkway. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks.

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