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Appliances August 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

Jenn-Air vs. KitchenAid Refrigerators

They look exactly the same and I know they are manufactured by the same company (Whirlpool) but is there any difference at all? Resellers are telling us that Jenn-Air is higher-end but I honestly don’t see any difference at all….

Appliances June 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Venting Dryer through Basement Hatch vs. Ventless Dryer in Basement

Our building is currently considering installing a washer and dryer in our brownstone basement. One option is to vent the dryer out of the hatch in front of our building (see example image). If you have experience with this set-up, can you comment on the cost and your experience with it? Are there issues with warm/hot air blowing out of the vent onto the sidewalk or common areas? Secondly, do others have experiences with a ventless dryer (to be shared by 7 apartments) located in the basement? How has it been both functionally and moisture-wise? Our basement has had humidity issues in the past. Thanks so much!

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Appliances March 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Laundry under the stoop

We are desperately trying to figure out where to put a washer/dryer. None of the obvious options (basement, extension in the rear, bathroom, kitchen, etc.) are good for us for various reasons. We were considering a ventless electrical stacked machine in a closet space, but EVERYONE advises us against electric and ventless because of how inefficient, slow, and expensive they are to run. A new idea occurred to me today, but I can’t find anything about it online – can I put a laundry under my stoop?? We have a lot of space under there and could fit one of the smaller side by side sets.

This would involve running a gas line, water, electrical, and making a vent. Has anyone ever see this?? Obviously it’s not ideal and it’s cold and gets dirty under there – but if it’s possible, then we could take some steps to make it cleaner and warmer.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

Appliances March 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

Any one use trash compactors in their home?

We are will be moving into a two family brownstone once we renovate both the tenant’s and our kitchens. Our bedroom will be in the front of the garden floor. I was hoping to add more greenery to the front yard and to get rid of some of the garbage pails that will be directly outside our bedroom window.
I’ve been thinking of adding two compactors to each kitchen, one for general garbage and one for plastic and tin can recycling. I’m hoping to reduce the volume that goes out front. Buying two units for each apartment will be expensive but I’m thinking the benefits will outweigh the costs. Anyone have any experience with compactors they’d like to share?

Appliances November 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Seeking An Licensed Appliance Repair Person To Give An Estimate On A Gas Range

Hi. I have a Kenmore gas range hat has not been working for months. I am pretty sure that the control panel is broken. The top burners work fine. Can someone recommend me an appliance repair person who is licensed that can come by to give me an estimate.

Appliances September 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Coin Operated Laundry in Basement

I have been thinking about installing a coin-operated washer and dryer in my shared basement. I currently have a building with two apartments, with a third apartment on the way. I believe laundry would be a big plus in finding and keeping tenants. Note: I cover all utilities and I currently do not have any hookups.

Has anyone done this?

Can you recommend a good place to get some coin-op appliances?

Do I really need coin-op or can I just have free appliances available in the basement? I don’t want their friends coming over and doing laundry.

Thanks for any advice!

Appliances June 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Can an air conditioner be too loud that you can make someone remove it? If so, what is the legal noise limit and how would you get an accurate reading?

My neighbor is complaining that my air conditioner is too loud. I feel it makes as much noise as any other air conditionder. The model is not the newest but it is not by any means an “old” air conditionder. Is there a legal range that the noise an air conditioner makes must fall within?

Appliances June 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

Garden Rental – Appliance recommendations

My husband and I are preparing to do a substantial renovation on a P. Heights townhouse and we will be adding a rental apartment on the garden level.  We want to do a nice reno to maximize the rent without using super high end appliances.  Please let me know if you have recommendations for any refrigerator, range, dishwasher and/or washer/dryer that you have found to be high performing and low maintenance (little to no service/repairs required). 

Appliances June 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

Lost 1 year old Boy Black Lab named TY. Clinton Hill Fort Greene

My friends dog ran away last night in Fort Greene Park.. They live close to Speedy Romeo.  If you have seen this dog, please reach out. 
Thanks so much, 

Appliances June 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

A/C installation

Hello all,
I’m looking for some recommendations about people who can consult about and install A/C units in windowless rooms. 
Any suggestions?

Appliances June 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Stackable washer/dryer – model recommendations?

I’m interested in recommendations for a non-basement stackable washer / dryer -  we are looking for a stackable w/d for our top/third floor next to our bedrooms, in what used to be a kitchen, and it’s a very old brownstone and I’m worried about vibration and noise and also it seems that few manufacturers make machines that are built to last anymore.
I’d be most interested in recommendations for units that ideally that has been purchased not too long ago or have either stood the test of time or where the company has been good to deal with if problems arose.
From my research so far: Apparently the Electrolux is best for higher floors but I can’t get past the “no handles on the doors” thing, it bothered me a lot in the store and I don’t think I’d get used to it. I personally like the LG the best but have heard they are not good when things go wrong. I’ve got a friend who loves their Samsung, but similarly hear they are terrible to deal with if problems arise.  Whirlpool Duet is quiet according to Consumer Reports but not quiet according to the reviews.  It’s so hard to buy appliances these days, few are universally beloved.

Appliances June 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

Proper way to install AC in metal window?

What is the proper way to secure an AC unit in a metal window? Does anyone have a rec for someone who does this, and what would be a typical charge? Would an outfit such as PC Richard that sells AC also install it? Thank you.

Appliances May 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Appliances May 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Washing Machine for a Co-op

My 10 unit (14 people) co-op is thinking about adding a second washing machine. The board is divided on getthing another commercial (expensive) unit or just get a household one. If we just get a household unit, would the manufacturer honor the warranty if it is being used in a multi-family home? We are not interested in charging people for use of the the machine. Does anyone have a recommendation for a brand or a appliance company, commercial or otherwise? And what do you think of service contracts? Thanks for your help!

Appliances May 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

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