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Brownstoner July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

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Construction July 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Boring for Range Hood Vent

Can anyone recommend someone to bore through a brick wall for a range vent? The location is on the 3rd floor, so they will need rigging to hang from the roof, too.

Construction July 9, 2014 at 12:05 am

Engineer to Supervise Construction Contractors

We are a small multi-unit building in Brooklyn with some foundation and water issues. Our builder will be bringing in contractors to perform repairs, but we’d like an engineer to supervise the process, to make sure it’s done correctly. A different engineer has already prepared a scope of work which the builder has agreed to follow.

Can anyone please recommend a qualified engineer to supervise the work and perhaps suggest what the typical cost of such work should be?

Thanks in advance.

Construction June 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

Dirt Removal around house

I have a question for anyone familiar, I have a corner property with around 18″ high of dirt around the house on the side and 3′ high in the front. It is surrounded by a cinder block wall. I want to get rid of all the dirt to bring it on the same level as the sidewalk and just cement the floor.

Is anyone familiar with what would be required as far as permits? Or can I just get a dumpster and get rid of all the dirt?
thanks for any info

Construction June 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

guarding against dust?

Hi everyone,

We live in an old tenement building that is now a cooperative. Whenever an apartment is renovated, dust manages to make its way through the entire building.

The unit above ours was just purchased and the new owners are planning a full gut reno. This apartment hasn’t been touched for over 30 years, so who knows what sort of paint, etc. is on the walls. I have two little kids, one of whom has breathing troubles (reactive airway) so I am really anxious to mitigate the spread of dust into our apartment as much as possible, though I don’t know how successful any efforts will be.

Does anyone have any suggestions? There are some cracks around our second entry door so I plan to just tape that for the duration as we don’t use it for egress. I don’t really know what else we could do. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Construction May 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

How To Stop or Minimize Impact of Neighboring House Being Demolished?

We have heard that the owner of the house next door to ours is interested in demolishing it (a detached Victorian, legal 2 family, zoned R5) and building an apartment block built in its place at some point during the next few months.

We want to make sure we are prepared for any eventualities and are able to minimize any inconveniences during this process……..

– Is there anything we can do to prevent the house being demolished? It’s run down but not derelict and we’d much rather live next to another Victorian than an ugly new build. It’s not in an historic district.

– What permits will the owner require to tear down the property? How can we check they have them?

– What certification should the company doing the demolition have? How can we check they have them?

– What precautions is the the demolition company obliged to take to prevent dust and debris spreading? The house is almost certainly full of lead paint and we want to minimize this getting into or onto our property.

– Is there anything we should be doing during the demolition to minimize any negative impact?

- Lastly, what permits are required to build an apartment block on the land, and how hard are these to get?

Appreciate it.

Construction April 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Waterproofing Exposed Exterior Side Party Wall?

We have a large exposed side wall that is leaking. The leak is not bad in the sense of visible water actually coming through, but every solution we have tried on the interior side from styrofoam boards to plastic sheeting and styrofoam boards has ended up failing as the sheetrock inside begins to deteriorate.

About ten years ago the old owner had the wall thoro-coated (I think it had been stuccoed prior to that). Whether this helped or not I have no idea, but in any case, the thoro-coat is coming off in dozens of spots and it’s time to do something.

Am hoping to get some recommendations here of contractors or masons to do the job. I don’t need an “artist” as the look is not important. I need someone with lots of experience who can make the correct diagnosis and execute well at a reasonable price. Any suggestions? Please include contact info if you have it. Many thanks.

Construction April 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Getting permits when you have un-permitted work.

I very much want to invest in solar hot water and electrical. I know the financial pay off is not large, but we get good sun, and I am committed to reducing my building’s carbon footprint.

This solar work will need to be permitted. I’ve heard stories about the fire department investigating new roof structures with help of google earth images.

The problem is that we’ve renovated our basement into a duplex with a downstairs shower, bathroom, TV room, and laundry room. We also added radiant floor heating and a new circuit breaker for the basement electricity. None of this was done with a permit. The basement is not a new unit. It’s just an addition, but I am sure there are probably code issues – for example the basement fire exit works for us, but it is not perfectly to code. I don’t know if the boiler room is the right size either.

Can we pretend to be grandfathered in when we request the solar permits? What aspects of the building will be inspected for the hot water solar plumbing upgrade? For the solar electrical addition. Should I just give up on this dream?

We’re in Brooklyn. I’d love to hear other people’s experiences and advice.

Thanks all.

Construction March 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Steel Deck

We are completing a renovation in the next few weeks and wanted to ask about other folks’ experience with steel decks. Having previously lived in apartments and suburbia, we never came across a steel deck. Does the metal get dangerously hot in the summer time? I assume we can’t walk in them barefoot but has anyone ran into issues with the hot steel? Any work arounds (coatings, etc) that may be helpful in dealing with this in the summer time?

Thanks in advance for any insights!

Construction March 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

Roofer Recommendations

Hey all.

We have a small leak in our roof and was wondering if anyone can recommend a quality contractor / roofer for this job… or if anyone’s worked with these references that were given to us.

Pete Nicchitta at Bensonhurst Construction

Fix-a-Roof

Greene roofing

Any feedback would be appreciated.
thanks!
— Josh

Construction March 3, 2014 at 1:02 am

Removing very old dry grout chunks

My GC finish tiling the bathroom in Sept. I just moved in and used the shower for the first time tonight and noticed a lot of old dry grout chunks. What is the best way to remove it without demaging the tile?

Construction February 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

Basement Storage Units

We have storage units in our basement for each unit in our small building. We need to find a contractor who will reconfigure the space. Right now, they are divided using chain link fence. Anyone have any leads as to type of contractor I should contact? Or know of anyone who has done this type of work before?

Construction February 21, 2014 at 3:11 am

Frame house renovation in Canarsie

I’m thinking of purchasing a small 1224sqft single family home in good condition. Is there a ball park per square foot construction estimate for the renovation? I plan on upgrading the kitchen, 2 bathrooms, sanding and polishing the floors.

Thank you!

Construction February 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

new flat roof advice

after years of procrastination this crazy winter is forcing us to deal with our old roof. its a flat roof on a 2 family brick building. 25X50 foot and attached on both sides. there are 2 old skylights that need to be replaced and one brand new hatch that is already installed.
I have one quote for the job 15k from a contractor that ive worked with before and whose work is ok but in no way great.

does anyone have any affordable and trustworthy roofers to recommend?
I have never done this before so if anyone has any tips/cautionary tales or advice on this type of project i would greatly appreciate it.
many thanks,
EB

Construction February 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

wine cellar

anyone have a rec for a contractor with experience building wine cellars in brooklyn?

Construction February 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

Sound Isolation – Wall Contractor

Hi Everyone -

I am looking to beef up my wall between my neighbor that is approximately 20′Wx10′H.

I’m planning on doing a double layer of gyp on his side, insulation, and resilient channels with gyp. Also – I would like to cut our subfloor so that I don’t feel the vibrations from his side.

Does anyone have a general contractor that does really clean wall construction? Or is knowledgeable on acoustics that they can recommend?

Thanks!
Max

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