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Can anyone with a historic home recommend a contractor that works in DC? I’m looking at window repair, stripping siding down to the original wood, and a few other things. I’ve found plenty of trade-specific references, but I’m looking for a general contractor versed in historic preservation.
Our house in Petworth has one of those prefab metal awnings covering the front porch, and we’d like to remove it and replace it with an actual roof. Has anyone had experience with a project like this? Looking for any recommended contractors and/or ideas about price (we’re already seeking estimates but are curious about other folks’ experiences).
PoPville: anyone have recommendations for a good soundproofing contractor? My problem is noise/vibration from footfalls on my ceiling (I don’t hear voices, TV, or anything else), and it’s pretty unbearable. Wood joist/drywall construction. If I can’t mitigate it I’m going to have to sell, so (1) I would really appreciate a reference or two from all you good Samaritans out there, and (2) I am willing to pay a fair bit to address this, so it will be worth some lucky contractor’s while.
Thanks in advance, and my apologies if this is not the right forum for a request like this.
-Patrick in Adams Morgan
Today’s heavy rains brought to light two unrelated issues in my Mt. Pleasant rowhouse. I’d love suggestions for people/companies to contact to fix either or both problems!
1. The basement is underground and has a door that opens to an outdoor stairwell that leads you to ground level. At the bottom of the outdoor stairwell is a drain. On days with heavy rain, the drain can’t keep up with the amount of water pooling at the bottom of the stairwell and it flows under the basement door and into the basement.
We’ve had the drain snaked and have sand bags against the door, but water still gets through during a prolonged heavy rain.
I’m not sure whether I need (1) a plumber to do something to the drain, or (2) a contractor to replace or otherwise better seal the bottom of the door, or (3) both, or (4) some other solution entirely. Thoughts/suggestions very appreciated!
2. I noticed today that the roof of our front porch is leaking in several places. I don’t see any obvious holes in the tar on the top of the roof, but they must be there! Suggestions for someone who can repair the porch roof, which has wood slats on the underside that need to be preserved?
Hello Popville. I have a small front porch (64″ x 187″) with an old roof that has no gutter. Instead, it has an ineffective little trench scooped into it, attached to a tiny, always-clogged little pipe. The roof itself is old and most likely leaking, so there’s a good possibility that there’s some structural water damage.
I would like to repair the roof, recover it, and attach a gutter and downspout to a rain barrel (which I already have). I’m not sure who I should hire to do this, though. Is this a job that a handyman can do, or do I need a roofing company. Will a roofing company even do a job this small?
I have attached a photo of the gutter and some of the damage that makes me think I shouldn’t just slap some rolled asphalt on and call it a day.
Thanks in advance for any general advice or specific recommendations you can offer.
I have a bunch of house projects I’d like done (from drywall patching to installing new bathroom vanity, weatherization, maybe a roof deck?) and I’d like to develop a working relationship with a great general contractor who I could use to manage all of these projects. Also, I’d like it to be a woman Not necessarily a female owned firm; I’d like the person who I work with (and who coordinates any subcontracting) to be a woman. I’m not going to go into why, let’s just assume it’s a given at this point. I’m a woman, if it matters.
Does anyone have any recommendations, or even better, other ways I can be searching for this? The person would need to be 100% legit (licensed, bonded, etc) and I am looking for someone who really prioritizes good communication and relationship-building. I potentially have a lot of work that could make them a lot of money over the years.
I’m open to any suggestions, thanks!
I have a contractor that does decent work. He charges by the hour not by the job. $100 an hour. He does do plumbing, electrical, demolition, renovations. Works by himself and at times does take too long to finish a job. I’ve used and trusted him for several years but lately I feel I’m overpaying. What is the average hourly rate here in DC? Should I be paying by the job and not by the hour?
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