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rlntlss 11 months ago

Summers_secrets 16 months ago

kerfuffled 2 years ago

HollytheGrownUp 1 year ago

guitarfret 6 years ago

kerfuffledResearching Plumbers

The pipes are now dripping blechy black crap in the basement so a plumber’s attention is ever more wanting. I looked through Angie’s List and came up with 3 so far in my area who got generally high marks and no bad reviews for things like work product or performance or having the contractor threaten to kick a customer’s ass (that was really one of the reviews). I’m going to see if I can get one or two more names from Angie’s List and cross reference them with Yelp and then maybe my sister-in-law may know someone and we can check up on them and then a decision can be made.

By the end of today at least, I hope to have my list done. Hope the pipes hold out till then. 23 months ago

kerfuffledActually not my bathroom but the enthusiasm, commitment and agony will be the same

List repairs, find contractors, assess costs, scream


1.1 Toilet (Repair/Replace): Toilet leaking at bottom seal. Could be just a sealer problem but toilet is old anyway.

1.2 Floor (Retile/Regrout): Some broken tiles, grout on floor leaks water/liquid through to next floor

1.3 Wall Ceiling: Ceiling, walls should be repainted with some mold proof paint

1.4 Pipes: Pipes leak in the opened ceiling area and inside wall causing water damage.


2.1. Online Resources:
  • Angie’s List
  • Yelp
  • Service Magic
  • Community Boards

2.2. Get quotes/estimates and interview

2.3. Get written plan of repairs to be done and pricing


Lesley 5 years ago

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Carol Adair 3 years ago

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SandyVoice 3 years ago


I complained about my ugly, 4’ 4” wide, badly designed bathroom for 11 1/2 years, but didn’t have the money to fix it. I finally was forced into it, because the tiles in the shower fell down on me. I had to borrow the money, but I found a great, affordable contractor, who did a fantastic job, and it’s DONE!

No more falling tiles, no more broken toilet, no more chipped tub, no more too short and too wide sink, no more cramped layout, no more mold, no more BEIGE!

All new walls, down to the studs, new tile floor beautifully laid over the old tiles, new tile walls, new toilet, new narrower and taller vanity and sink, refinished tub, new medicine cabinet recessed in the wall, with a new light above it, chandelier from the bedroom moved into the bathroom, light switch moved into the room, glowing pink paint … even a new door, opening out, to make the entrance wider.

Because the bathroom door opening was being recut, we had to redo the hallway it’s on, which connects to the dining room, so we added new walls, stripped door frames, repaired base boards, and painted (Tiffany blue) in both of those rooms. The workers did a great job there, too.

I feel like a princess when I walk in my apartment.

Anybody in Brooklyn, Queens, or Manhattan who needs a good contractor, write to me. I’ll recommend this guy unreservedly. He respected my low budget, even suggesting ways I could save money. He estimated three weeks to do the job and $15,000 in labor cost. That was half the time and 40% less than the cost of the next best quote. (This is New York City.) I allowed for an extra week, even though everyone else said it would be at least three times as long. I was right; he finished in four weeks, only one week late, even staying until 10:30 PM the last day to get it done. I had allowed for an extra 15% in labor cost, but he stuck to his estimate, even though the job went longer than expected. His workers were nice, worked hard, and cleaned up pretty well each day. All in all, a much better experience than I had feared.

So the front of my apartment, i.e., my bedroom (which was done two years ago), the hallway, dining room, and bathroom, is finished, except for a few decorating details. Once I pay that debt off, I’ll get the library/living room and the office done – let’s say five years from now. Then the next big project is new windows. I don’t like the way the kitchen looks, but all it absolutely needs is paint and a new refrigerator some time pretty soon, and new cabinet doors when I can afford them. I won’t bother with getting quotes from other contractors – I’ll call this guy immediately.

So I’m done with this “thing” of renovating my bathroom! Woo hoo! 3 years ago

SandyVoiceAlmost done!

I went with my sister’s contractor. He gave me an estimate of $15,000, 40% less than the next up, and three weeks of work, which was almost 40% lower there, too.

As it turns out, it’s going to be $16,000, because I added painting one more room, and four weeks of work, but that’s still a hell of a lot better than the next highest bid – very affordable and quick for New York City. The guys are doing a great job, and it will be beautiful. I found gorgeous, high-quality bath fittings for about two thirds of what my friends estimated – less than $3,000. I slept on my parents’ couch, so I didn’t have to buy breakfast and dinner while I was out of the house. I had estimated I could do the renovation for $20,000 or less, and I was correct.

It’ll be done tomorrow! 3 years ago

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