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It’s been two years since the wooden railings that surround a second floor terrace had been stripped, sanded, resealed and painted and unfortunately, it shows.
The solution — called Mr. Handyman of N.E. Queens for the following project:
Project: Stripping, Re-sealing and Painting Second Floor Terrace Railings
Resources and References:
“Before” Project Completion Photos:
“After” Project Completion Photos:
From the no news is good news department, it’s been a while since I’ve had to consider bringing in someone to help with a project. However, it’s about time a few things outside the house were painted professionally.
Task #1: Removing rust spots and repainting iron gate and fence.
Task #2: Sanding, re-sealing and painting the second floor deck railings.
After reviewing the “Painters – External” category on Angies list, I wasn’t able to find a company with more than one review. Then I remembered that I had used Mr. Handyman for some work in the past. A quick check on their website verified that they do paint and handle fences.
The inevitable supersizing of the project happened, only this time just as I was reading through the list (and typing this up) I started thinking of some of the other projects I’ve been meaning to get to, such as:
Think this post is going to end here, until I call and receive the first estimate. =P
During the past few BuildingsNY conferences held in the Javits center, a few booths always grabbed my attention. Whether it was the flash of the presentation, the product or the snacks and free stuff (come on, who isn’t immune!) I usually left with some grand ideas such as installing things like “green walls” or adding extra EV shielding film to existing windows.
This summer I might have the chance to at least do one cool thing I initially saw at each of the last three BuildingsNY conferences — concrete flooring. I had been meaning to properly finish a basement and make it into a truly livable area. However the existing concrete floor was poured with the thought that it was eventually going to be covered in carpet (former owner’s idea, not mine). As a result, the floor needs not only cosmetic improvements but also some additional functionality built in.
Dreaming of features before the first estimate comes in typically results in grandiose wish lists like the one that follows:
and of course, the wallet buster:
So far, I’ve sent the following email to:
[insert company specific intro here]
If I’m in one of the areas that you work in, I would like to request a meeting regarding a basement improvement project I’m hoping to have completed this summer.
Core project summary:
Overlay a finished concrete floor over an existing concrete basement floor. The space consists of two main rooms and one hallway (no dividing walls):
Additional Factors/Possible Extras:
Please reply to this email with any questions or possible appointment dates, or I can be contacted at… [insert contact info]
Contact Updates (5/19/2009):
Overall experience: I’m starting to look at using tile instead of using finished concrete. The companies listed above don’t seem ready to handle more work than they have right now and there don’t seem to be many more around to choose from.
After having the heating systems taken offline for the summer to conserve energy, I called Mr. Rooter to do a “pre-firing” inspection of the boilers and associated components. Throughout the past 3 years Mr. Rooter (specifically Gary Forbes) had done an outstanding job of maintaining and upgrading the plumbing and my heating systems. However, my appointment today seemed casually brushed aside due to another job that was “running long” (do they actually only have one technician?!). While they were prompt in letting me know they were delayed, the appointment was ultimately cancelled by Mr Rooter.
I’m “demo’ing” NY City Boilers (http://newyorkcityboilers.com/) specifically for this season opening and will write more after the appointment.
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