A reader is steaming up and trying to figure out how to cool down a toasty room by turning off a radiator completely. What should they know about taking care of radiators and adjusting heat? If the valve is missing what is the best option? Please chime in with your advice.… Read More >The post From the Forum: It’s Hot, How Do I Turn Off a Radiator? appeared first on Brownstoner.
What’s the best way to cut some discrete holes in an original plaster and lathe ceiling without damaging the surrounding plaster? A homeowner is installing air conditioning registers and is hoping to minimize the damage. They’ve read suggestions about pouring an adhesive around the area to be cut as a… Read More >The post From the Forum: Cutting Through Plaster and Lathe Without Damaging the Rest of the Ceiling appeared first on Brownstoner.
Homeowners have to replace a breaker panel and were surprised to learn from an electrician that the meter will need to be moved outside. With Con Edison’s move to smart meters they thought they would be able to keep their meters inside. Moving the meters outside would increase the expense… Read More >The post From the Forum: Does the Electric Meter Have to Be Located Outside? appeared first on Brownstoner.
The owners in a co-op are thinking of taking over the management of the day-to-day operations for their building to become self-managed, rather than outsourcing the job to a management company. They’ve found it difficult and expensive working with a management company but are wondering about the pros and cons… Read More >The post From the Forum: Living in a Self-Managed Co-op appeared first on Brownstoner.
A drain pipe is clogged and a homeowner is wondering if clearing it is a DIY project or if a professional should be called. The cast iron pipe runs down an exterior wall and does have a cap that looks easy to remove for cleaning. Should the homeowner buy a… Read More >The post From the Forum: Cleaning Out a Clogged Cast Iron Pipe appeared first on Brownstoner.
The house is drafty and before winter arrives some homeowners would like to make it a bit more airtight. They’ve identified where the drafts are coming from — around windows, doors and baseboards — but aren’t sure if this is a job for an insulation company or a skilled handyman… Read More >The post From the Forum: Draft-Proofing the House Before Winter appeared first on Brownstoner.
The weather is finally looking like it will take a turn towards the chilly and new homeowners are wondering about their heating system. While they had a plumber come out and check the system last year, they aren’t sure what they should do this year to get some heat. Is… Read More >The post From the Forum: Turning on the Heat appeared first on Brownstoner.
Squirrels have taken up residence in an attic and a homeowner wants to rid their home of the nibbling critters. They need to have the squirrels trapped and removed, have all openings sealed and also repair the damage done by the sharp-toothed residents. Should they hire two professionals — exterminators… Read More >The post From the Forum: Evicting Squirrels From the Attic appeared first on Brownstoner.
New homeowners have discovered that there is an outstanding violation from New York Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and are not sure how to resolve the issue. The violation was issued for a rooftop railing installed by a previous owner. HPD has suggested the owners write a letter of explanation,… Read More >The post From the Forum: Clearing the HPD Violation of a Previous Owner appeared first on Brownstoner.
Looking to open up the floorplan of their house, homeowners are contemplating removing load-bearing walls and installing a steel support beam. The building hasn’t had much structural work since it was built more than one hundred years ago and the homeowners aren’t looking to do a complete renovation. They are… Read More >The post From the Forum: Removing Load-Bearing Walls and Installing a Steel Beam appeared first on Brownstoner.
Parlor floor windows make for an attractive, bright space and one homeowner wants to gain a bit of privacy without sacrificing light or the aesthetics of the beautiful interior moldings. What window covering options have other homeowners tried that don’t cover the windows completely but still provide a bit of… Read More >The post From the Forum: Gaining Privacy Without Sacrificing the Aesthetics of Parlor Windows appeared first on Brownstoner.
A rental building next door is the site of heavy partying on the two roof decks, creating issues for a homeowner. Beyond noise, the partiers have been tossing trash onto the homeowner’s property, including glass bottles. Chatting with the tenants didn’t work and there hasn’t been a response from the… Read More >The post From the Forum: Dealing With a Party Deck Next Door appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner would like to restore some original interior shutters and was contemplating timing the project to coincide with the replacement of the windows. What kind of issues might come up when trying to install new windows while retaining the shutters? Please chime in with your advice. forumTopic id=”general-discussion:pocket-shutters-and-window” Related Stories Get… Read More >The post From the Forum: Installing New Windows and Preserving Original Interior Shutters appeared first on Brownstoner.
With a hot water heater that is 18 years old, a homeowner is wondering whether it is time for a replacement. Some maintenance and repair could prolong its life, but they suspect that a new unit might make more sense. What should they consider when looking into a new hot… Read More >The post From the Forum: When Is It Time to Buy a New Hot Water Heater? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A paved driveway is shared between neighbors, leading a homeowner to struggle with some issues regarding maintenance decisions and ownership. The driveway is in fine shape but the neighbor is insisting on having colored pavers installed and is expecting the homeowner to pay for half the cost. What should the… Read More >The post From the Forum: Dealing With a Neighbor and a Shared Driveway appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner is looking for some inexpensive solutions to spruce up the stucco wall that surrounds their property. One thought was recycling some wooden pallets to cover the wall or using some other inexpensive wood stock to create a horizontal fence. Any suggestions on DIY solutions? Please chime in with your… Read More >The post From the Forum: Backyard DIY Solutions for Disguising a Stucco Wall appeared first on Brownstoner.
With cooler weather approaching, a homeowner is contemplating replacing a dying furnace. Every heating company so far has recommended a different brand, leaving the homeowner confused and looking for advice. Are there brands that other owners swear by? How much does the actual installation impact furnace performance? Please chime in… Read More >The post From the Forum: Choosing a Furnace appeared first on Brownstoner.
Would using two contractors for a project make it more complicated than it’s worth? Homeowners are planning a major apartment renovation which will require structural work. In getting quotes for the full job they are finding they range so wildly that they are considering splitting the job in an… Read More >The post From the Forum: Hiring Two Contractors for a Renovation Project appeared first on Brownstoner.
A tenant is considering building a deck in the backyard of their rental, and is looking for advice. Assuming the landlord is on board with the project, what should the tenant know before proceeding? If the deck is floating just a few inches above the ground, would a permit be… Read More >The post From the Forum: Building a Floating Deck in the Backyard of a Rental appeared first on Brownstoner.
New construction will be happening next door and the owner of a three-family house is wondering if their renters should be given a rent break. The owner has a lawyer working out an agreement with the developers of the new building for use of the water, electric and backyard of… Read More >The post From the Forum: Compensating Tenants For Disruption During a Construction Project appeared first on Brownstoner.
A new homeowner is contemplating opening a bricked-up fireplace and is at a loss as to where to start. Can a fireplace that has been sealed and out of use for years be opened up and restored to wood-burning condition or do regulations require that it be a gas fireplace?… Read More >The post From the Forum: Opening Up a Closed Fireplace appeared first on Brownstoner.
A studio apartment owner is curious about the allocation of shares in their co-op building and the impact on the monthly maintenance. Their ground floor studio, which shares a wall with a commercial space, seems to have the same, or even more, shares than much larger apartments — and subsequently,… Read More >The post From the Forum: Understanding Co-op Share Allocations appeared first on Brownstoner.
A massive tree trunk extends into the backyards of four properties, creating a bit of a conundrum for one property owner. The bulk of the tree sits on their property and an adjoining homeowner has begun tossing all the falling branches and leaves into their yard. While the neighbors can… Read More >The post From the Forum: Dealing With Neighbors and an Overhanging Tree appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner of a two-family property has tenants who waited months to inform them of a bedbug infestation and they now face an expensive treatment process. Are landlords always required to pay for the extermination or is there any recourse since the tenants failed to inform them in a timely… Read More >The post From the Forum: Who is Responsible for Paying for Bedbug Extermination in a Rental Unit? appeared first on Brownstoner.