[identity profile] olliesix.livejournal.com
Our 1920's cinder block detached garage is of the classic Somerville style. It's pretty sound, but needs repair of rotted wood frame around the garage door and some cracked masonry/facade issues. Seems too small for major contractors, but might be more than a handyman usually does. Since there are so many of these garages around Somerville, and many have been fixed up, I'm hoping some of you can recommend the folks who do this work. Hoping to fix this spring. Thank you!

Carpenter

Aug. 28th, 2016 04:20 pm
[identity profile] mkwatt.livejournal.com
Does anyone know and recommend a carpenter who would be willing to take on a smallish job? We are looking to install a door and some framing at the bottom of the stairs leading to our basement.
[identity profile] bobobb.livejournal.com
A piece of siding has fallen off of the third floor of my house and I can not find anyone to go up on a ladder to replace it. I still have the siding. I've called every siding person and handyman within 5 miles of Davis Square - including those listed here - and the job is either too small or they won't go up that high. Anyone know anyone who might be interested in this job? I'm at a total loss.
[identity profile] bobobb.livejournal.com
Hi Folks,

I'm in need of a handyman for lots of random and annoying jobs - sometimes involves getting dirty, sometimes involves climbing ladders, sometimes involves painting etc. Might not get a call for months, and then a few things might pop up that need quick attention.

Any suggestions?
[identity profile] phpanda.livejournal.com
Thanks for the updates on pricing and recommendations a new hot water heater.  Does anyone have advice about considering a tankless system compared to traditional.  The plunber said there wasn't a big price difference which surprised me.  
[identity profile] phpanda.livejournal.com
Our 6 year old water heater IS apparently really a 6 yr model as we need to replace.  The first quote was $2100 which is way more than I pexpected.  Has anyone replaced yours lately and do you have a recommendation or can you confirm a ball park price range? It is a 50 gallon short with power vent if that makes sense to you.
Thanks!
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Last autumn, my landlord had someone get up on a ladder and wrap the external part of my wall-mounted air conditioner in plastic and duct tape to protect and insulate it for the winter. That was great. It's now May 27th, it's over 80 degrees in my apartment, and he still hasn't gotten around to having someone get back up there and remove the plastic so I can use my AC, though he keeps telling me he's going to do it.

Can anyone recommend someone to hire to fix this situation for me? I don't expect it would take long for someone with a sufficient ladder and a razor blade. Indeed, I might be willing to retain the person to also unwrap the five other air conditioners of the neighboring apartments, depending on what it cost.

My AC and four of the others are on the second floor. A fifth AC is on the third floor.
[identity profile] emcicle.livejournal.com
Hi all,

I'm here with another long-shot question, but DSLJ so rarely lets me down that I thought i'd give it a try.

We are contemplating changing our furnace to a direct vent furnace, which would make our chimney completely unused, allowing us for the first time to consider/explore having it removed. I plan to reach out to contractors to get quotes, but again fear this falls into the too big for a handyman, too small for a name brand co to want to take on... Has anyone, fairly recently, had their chimney removed? If so, can you give an idea of the cost, and also what it entailed (how they actually do it)? Does anyone know if they can remove part of it (i.e. the part in the basement) and shore up/leave the rest in the walls? Or does it all have to come down?

Thanks!
[identity profile] kapara19.livejournal.com
I have two skinny stained glass windows on either side of a regular window on the front of my house. One of the Windows has been cracked for at least a decade and last night a piece of the window finally broke out. I don't think it can be repaired as the window looks pretty bowed at this point. Would love to replace with stained glass again but don't know who to call. Since these windows are pretty common in the area, I'm hoping someone has had some experience with this or knows a good contact I can call??

Thanks!
[identity profile] wobblymusic.livejournal.com
We've got a huge couch that's got some tears, is generally showing it's 20-something age, and definitely needs to be reupholstered. It's a huge couch that I don't want to have to transport out of the house. I know that there are services that will come to your house and do all the work right there in your living room. Has anyone used such a reupholstery service (or know of one) that they would recommend? DIY is not an option for us.
[identity profile] bobobb.livejournal.com
Does anyone have any recommendations for lead testing and/or abatement companies they have worked with before? Looking for someone excellent.
[identity profile] olliesix.livejournal.com
We are hoping to add a window to a window-less bedroom in our Somerville mansard home, requiring a 'dormer' window. This seems to be a medium size job that some contractors are not interested in. Any suggestions on who might be suitable? I'm sure there are many Somerville folks who have done this before. And any tips with Inspectional Services? I assume this is a routine thing (the neighbors have no windows facing this side of our house, so there shouldn't be an issue with privacy). Thanks!
[identity profile] emcicle.livejournal.com
Good morning DSLJ,

I did search the previous tags back a few years before asking this, and have put calls into a few of the suggestions, but wondering if anyone could recommend a handyman/carpenter for a smallish renovation job? We have closets in two bedrooms that adjoin each other (the two closets' share their back wall) and are very oddly shaped (like good New England closets usually are). We'd like to have the wall between them taken down and put back up to make them equal/standard size closets. Apparently this is too small of a job for the bigger name company's, the three I have called so far have all said it is too small to be worth their time. Any recommendations? (we have a call into the Kris, who was recommended here on the furniture repair post). If no recommendations come from here, we'll likely start calling random people off craigslist (but I always like some sort of referral if possible!)

Thanks!
[identity profile] she-of-emeralds.livejournal.com
I got my futon frame and a couple of other pieces of wood furniture fixed, and the guy deserves a recommendation. His name is Kris Kroutt, phone number 617-230-5050. Besides furniture repair, he does these things (quoting from his flyer): "painting, carpentry, masonry, tile, plastering, sheetrock." Also shovels snow, I think, and he took my AC unit out the window for me. "No job too small," he says, "and free estimates."

He repaired the furniture nicely including part of a treasured antique dressing table, was prompt in showing up when he said he would, and is generally businesslike. I'd hire him again.

(Ron, I am not sure how to tag this.)
[identity profile] acidgalore.livejournal.com
My place needs a little bit of flooring work done. The floor is hardwood, and a couple of floorboards need to be replaced.
Any recommendations for a contractor? Thanks.
[identity profile] hahathor.livejournal.com
I'm looking to re-roof my place; probably about 3 years after I should have re-roofed it, and am looking for recommendations.
[identity profile] mary388.livejournal.com
Does anyone have suggestions for a good gutter cleaning company?
[identity profile] she-of-emeralds.livejournal.com
Hi all,

I checked the tags and couldn't find anything on what I need: someone to fix the wooden frame of my futon/couch. Parts have started to separate from each other and I think all that needs to happen is to knock them back together and, I dunno, re-glue them or something, but I don't know how to do that. Do we know of anyone who would do it without wanting to move the thing to their workshop?

Thanks for any advice you may have!

Oven Repair

Sep. 6th, 2015 02:41 pm
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Hi! I'm looking for recommendations for an oven repair technician. The oven make is Bosch. Previously, we've used the "authorized" technician through Bosch's website, and we weren't happy with him, so I'm hoping to find an independent person with good recommendations. Thanks in advance!
[identity profile] scf21.livejournal.com
I recently rebuilt my deck and the flashing around the 2 doors going out to the deck needs to be repaired/redone (only the lower half of the flashing). Any recommendations on who can do this job? It's a pretty small job it seems, but don't have the tools to do it ourselves. Thanks.

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