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After 15 years, the video camera outside our house has failed. I have checked the power supply and connection to the DVR, and those look good — so I am thinking it is the camera itself. I am looking for someone who can troubleshoot and, if necessary, replace the camera. The only glitch is that it is 22 feet up in the air, so they need a tall ladder. Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks as always….

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We are looking for recommendations for a licensed contractor that can install a variety of electronics in our home: centrally monitored video security system, home network, new video intercom system and maybe home entertainment system.

The contractor should be able to perform a super-clean, high-end installation during a non-gut renovation of the home.

Thanks!

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Any strong opinions on wired vs. wireless alarm systems? All signs point to wireless – substantially less expensive installation ($5000 vs. $300), similar maintenance costs ($30 vs $45 per month), similar level of effectiveness. We have heard concerns that wireless will not work well in a four floor brownstone with plaster walls – any evidence from users?

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be warned! they are back out there asking to see your utility bill. they were workin prospect park west today.
dont get scammed.
here is the information flier posted a few years back:
http://bstoner.wpengine.com/brownstoner/archives/2008/11/escos_energy_sc.php#more

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We are in the midst of the a full renovation of all mechanicals. The contractor has asked us to make decisions on home security / alarm system since the electrician wants to finish up wiring and then seal up the walls. Can you please provide any recommendations on alarm / security systems? Budget is limited for this element since its been spent elsewhere. Please give us lower cost ideas if you have them, and any recommendations on what not to do are equally helpful. THANKS!

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We are closing on a house next month and are wondering if people in one-family brownstones typically have security systems (e.g., ADT). The house is on one of the park blocks in northern Park Slope, and the area is pretty safe, so we’re not sure if getting an alarm would be sensible or just paranoid.

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I would like to bring to my neighbors attention that for the past week there has been an illegal and hazardous lead paint removal on Hancock Street, a half block from PS3.
The worksite is 95 Hancock Street which was sold last month to a real estate development company with plans to flip the property. Since Monday, an unlicensed crew has been removing lead paint from the fence and large cast iron stair railings at this address. They have been using the chipping and dry sanding method and methylene chloride chemical stripper. Both methods are illegal in New York City because they create air-born particles and dust containing toxic lead.
Every student of PS3 who walks up Hancock Street has been exposed to this toxic cloud every day this week.
When I contacted the property owner he assured me the work would stop. It has not, it has continued each day this week and is still in progress.
The students who have been exposed to this hazard should be tested for lead levels in their bloodstream.
The contracting company performing this work is:
Takia Construction Inc
347 McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11218 917-529-1798

They are operating in defiance of NYC laws, EPA guidelines and NYC Health and Mental Hygiene stipulations. They have no regard for the members of this community nor the health and well-being of the children who live in this neighborhood. I urge you to have your child tested and to report this hazardous situation to the proper agencies.
Call 311 to report this situation.
Call NYC Dept of Health, Lead Poisoning Prevention Hotline at:
212-676-6379