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jheyun (49)

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Jan. 22, 2011

Boston, MA 02114

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Re: "I want a house inspection"
(from mitch 8 years, 2 months ago)

Re: "I want build a new patio for my backyard"
(from mitch 8 years, 2 months ago)
Re: "I want a new carpet and installation after water damage"
(from remodelation 8 years, 2 months ago)
You have to be careful, if you have a wet carpet for a long time, sometimes mildew and mold in the carpet will form!
Re: "I want a service to remove ice dams from my roof"
(from joeshmoe151 8 years, 2 months ago)
We live in the Boston area and used to get terrible ice dams every year. A few winters ago we used Olympic Roofing ( to remove the ice dams and they did a fantastic job - Not bad with price either!

We live in an area that gets a ton of snow and ice so we had them install heating cables in the Spring as well. It's been great ever since, no more ice dams! I'd highly recommend Olympic Roofing to anyone looking for ice dam removal help this winter.

Cheers, Joe
Re: "I want removal of mold and remediation in MA"
(from HandyAndy 8 years, 3 months ago)
Here's a video showing how a normal homeowner can do removal of mold from the accessible interior surfaces of their walls.

It requires a mold cleaner spray and fungicide and some basic cleaning supplies. This video is pitching a specific product, but there a lot of choices to pick from.

The basic mold and remediation steps for a small, visible patch on your wall:
  1. Ventilate the area: you don't want to be breathing in the cleaner fumes or the black mold

  2. Wet the area with the cleaner: spray the fungicide on the wall and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes.

  3. Wipe the mold with a wet sponge: the mold should come off the wall, and even if stains remain, the fungicide should have killed all the mold.

  4. Paint over the area: after the wall has dried, you can paint over the area where the mold was. If you don't take the time for removal of mold before painting, it can leach through your new paint job.
Re: "I want to use biofuel for my home and car"
(from axeffect18 8 years, 9 months ago)

Since I worked in the emerging technologies field, I will enlighten you a little on the reality of biofuels. Biofuels will not reach petroleum parity anytime soon as scaling is the biggest problem.

Looking to 2020, bio-based alternatives reach just 3% of petroleum’s share in the best case. If you are looking for biofuel, you would mean biobutanol as bioethanol is chemically incompatible due to its low energy density and need to be mixed with gasoline at 10% max and the government subsidies will not last with costs at a minimum $6 per gallon to produce.

Biobutanol is between $6 to $30 a gallon which is still unrealistic as its lacks the economies of scale and distribution channels. Is the premium cost worth the green label, probably not in my opinion. Biodiesel is slightly better at $4.5 to $5 per gallon at 20% blends.

Conclusion on cost: The cost of biologically-derived alternatives to petroleum products, without subsidy, ranges from 125% of the petroleum equivalent (bioethanol in Brazil) to three to five times more for most fuels and plastics, even at industrial scale.

Re: "I want a sump pump install and back up to prevent basement water damage"
(from mitch 8 years, 9 months ago)
Here is a step-by-step video showing a sump pump install.

You will need to install the sump pump in the lowest corner of you basement where the water tends to flow and pool.

Next jackhammer and dig out a hole deep enough for the submersible sump pump and drum. Lay in the pump, surround it with gravel, attach a drainage hose, connect it to power and you are done.

As butchy points out above, however, don't forget a sump pump back up system. You won't regret that the first time it kicks in!
Re: "I want a sump pump install and back up to prevent basement water damage"
(from butchy 8 years, 9 months ago)
I recently went through this myself. You are wise to be considering a sump pump back up at the same time as a sump pump install. After all, you are most likely to lose your power after that huge rain and windstorm that flooded your basement. Without power, you might as well not have a sump pump installed.

The sump pump install itself is a pretty straight-forward job. If you do-it-yourself you can get it done for under $500 and a few hours of effort. If you have a concrete basement floor, you will need to rent a jack hammer from your local tool rental or home improvement center. You also need a sump pump, a plastic or metal canister to sit in the sump pit and hold the pump, some PVC pipe and a check valve to prevent water flowing flowing back towards the pump on power loss.

Popular Mechanics has a nice how-to for installing a sump pump.

If you'd rather do something else on a Saturday, then you can find a local sump pump installation professional and have them do the dirty work for you.

Regardless of how you go about your sump pump install you should definitely get a sump pump battery backup system. It's a small bit of insurance to make sure that all the time and money you put into your main basement drainage system doesn't go to waste at the first flood plus power outage!

Ping me if you have any questions, happy to help and share my experiences further.

Re: "I want a company for mold and mildew remediation"
(from mitch 8 years, 9 months ago)
Black mold is disgusting (watch the video for some extreme cases!)

A video of a mold remediation specialist who dealt with mold removal after Hurricane Ike in southern Texas.

Removed all water damaged materials, dried out the building materials and removed visible mold with a soda blaster.
Re: "I want removal of mold and remediation in MA"
(from SoopahMom 8 years, 9 months ago)
Oh Jheyun! If you have young kids you should have this remediated quickly and completely! Black mold is toxic and can result in bad health problems like lung irritation, difficulty breathin, allergic reactions, headaches and chronic fatigue!

Not all mold is created equally. Some, like black mold, is more toxic than others. What is black mold? Well unless you have a microscope, I can't show you, so get a good local professional in for identification and removal of mold in your home ASAP!
Re: "I want a company for mold and mildew remediation"
(from SoopahMom 8 years, 9 months ago)
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I'm sorry to hear that you may have mold! It's a terrible and potentially harmful thing to let into your house!

When my family moved into our condo here in Cambridge (MA) there was a distinct "musty" smell in the basement storage area. Normally, we wouldn't have concerned ourselves about it, but since our laundry machine is down there, I was often in the basement with my children.

We decided to have a mold inspector and remediation service out and they found mold under the carpet pad and behind the washer and drier, ick. I wish we would have thought of doing a mold inspection before we bought the condo so the seller would have been responsible for the remediation!

Anyhow, it certainly gave me peace of mind to know that we had dealt with the problem. Now I don't fear bringing my kids down into the basement with me when I do laundry, and since it's kind of spooky down there that's a good thing :)

Re: "I want a new carpet and installation after water damage"
(from clem 8 years, 9 months ago)
As a long time homeowner, I have dealt with carpet installers a few times for various projects around my home. Personally, I've had more good experiences than bad, but a lot of that is because I am now an experienced consumer of carpet installs!

Here are some of my top questions to ask a carpet installer before you hire them:
  1. Does the carpet they plan to install have a warranty? If so, ask for the details of it and ask if there are other, similarly priced carpets which might have a better warranty.

  2. Do they offer a written guarantee for the carpet, carpet pad and installation? Typical problems: loose at edges, frayed or separated seams, wrinkles in carpet field from improper stretching, carpet failure.

  3. professional carpet stretcher and knee kicker (the blue device)Carpet stretcher and knee kicker
  4. Do they use a power or professional stretcher? Power stretcher costs more to acquire, but do a much better job than the manual knee kicker stretchers.

  5. Where will they locate the seams? Seams in high traffic areas can fray and separate making the overall install look shabby.

  6. Does their quoted prices include everything? Carpet, pad, the trims at the area where carpet meets non-carpeted floor, metal stripping at door thresholds, removal and disposal of the old carpet and pad.

  7. Is there an extra charge for moving furniture out of the way? Will they move furniture around or do they expect the room to be cleared before they get there?

  8. Are they licensed in your state of residence? They should be. Check the Better Business Bureau and the state licensing agency to verify that there are no outstanding complaints against the company.

  9. Are they bonded and insured? A bonded professional has secured funds set aside that essentially guarantees their performance if the supplier fails to complete the agreed upon work.

Ask how long they have been in the carpet installation business and check references from jobs similar in size and type to your install.

Of course, if you are up for a big do-it-yourself challenge, here is a nice extreme how-to article for installing a carpet. Otherwise, find yourself a few good carpet install professionals and spend a little time interviewing them before letting them into your home. Good luck to you!

Re: "I want drywall and insulation contractors to fix walls after water damage"
(from mitch 8 years, 9 months ago)
Check out this video comparing open cell foam insulation to closed cell foam insulation.

It looks delicious! Like BigBen says, God help you if you need to run additional wiring after this stuff goes in.

A commenter on the video does say, however, that open cell spray foam is not hard to run wiring through. Apparently closed cell spray foam is, though.
Re: "I want drywall and insulation contractors to fix walls after water damage"
(from bigben 8 years, 9 months ago)
Wow, that sucks, but with all the snow, rain and ice that we've had this winter your situation is unfortunately quite common.

You drywall decision is pretty straight forward, not many choices there. Just replace it with what you had...drywall is drywall for the most part.

sprayed in cellulose insulation
Regarding your insulation decision, I have found polyurethane spray foam to be more reliable than blown-in insulation. The spray foam is made up of water, organic polymers and other agents and stick to the the wall cavity and expand to fill the space. There is also sprayed-in cellulose and even soy-based foams. They all are sprayed in wet and do an excellent job filling every nook and cranny and drying in a rigid form.

For me, a key benefit of spray foam insulation is that it is rigid, so you can be sure that it won't sag in your wall cavity after you close it up. It is also less likely to be damaged by a future water leak.

The downside is that it's harder to run cables through once it has been blown in and has set. With your typical fiberglass batt insulation, you can fairly easily snake a new electrical line through the wall without much difficultly.

Blown in insulation is good if you don't want to completely remove the wall since it can be blown in via small access holes. Since you need to replace your drywall anyways, I'd go with the higher R-value spray insulation.

Re: "I want estimates for domestic house cleaning services"
(from S 8 years, 9 months ago)
Re: "I want Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes"
(from wantbox 8 years, 9 months ago)
The leader in "barefoot running shoes" seems to be Vibram.

From their website:
Our revolutionary design makes feet healthier by allowing them to move more naturally and freely.

The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.

Check out their barefoot running page here. They list all their barefoot running shoes and why barefoot running is better for your feet.

The benefits of running barefoot have long been supported by scientific research. And there is ample evidence that training without shoes allows you to run faster and farther with fewer injuries. freely.

In FiveFingers, you get all the health benefits of barefoot running combined with our patented Vibram® sole that protects you from elements and obstacles in your path.
Re: "I want Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes"
(from katie12 8 years, 9 months ago)
Vibra Five Fingers Women's Barefoot Running ShoesVibra Five Fingers Women's Barefoot Running Shoes
As strange as they might sound, barefoot running shoes do exist and claim to actually be better for your feet and knees.

My roommate is an avid runner and she absolutely swears by her Vibras. Of course, she isn't *actually* barefoot running. The concept is to provide less between your foot and the trail or road, forcing the muscles of your feet to do what they were designed to do: support your weight and movement correctly and ergonomically.

She claims that it has strengthened her arches and various foot muscles better than her old Asics did. I am pretty close in foot size to her (a half size smaller). I tried them on and it's like putting gloves on your feet! It was a funny feeling to be kinda barefoot, but still have a sole to protect the bottoms of my feet from the hot pavement and jaggy rocks.

It's a very unique take on running support that I don't think Nike's board of directors would agree with, but my roommate likes trying new things and gives them two big toes up :)
Re: "I want to buy a Precor EFX Elliptical exercise machine"
(from mitch 8 years, 9 months ago)
I've had a Sole F85 treadmill for 5+ years and I have been very happy with the build quality and customer support.

A support example: A few years ago I contacted support to find out the formula they used to calculate calories burned. The customer care rep responded quickly to my request saying he'd find out for me. A day later, he had spoken with Brian in Sole Engineer and retrieved the formula for me (you can see it on my treadmill reply)

I love my Sole treadmill and would buy a Sole Elliptical in a heartbeat.
Re: "I want to buy a Precor EFX Elliptical exercise machine"
(from chuck 8 years, 9 months ago)
If you want to buy an elliptical - the Precor series is the only way to go. Think about anytime you go to a sports club - which type of elliptical trainers do they have? You will almost always see a Precor. The reason is that they are good machines, built to last.

Now if you are buying one for your home - you don't need a sports club level machine (some sites will try to sell them to you at a "reduced" price but still it will cost you major $$$). Those machines are made to be used 8-12 hours a day, one user after another, for months and months in a row. Unless you plan on being like a hamster on a running wheel that is unnecessary.

The Precor Home series of machines will be more than adequate and you will know that you are buying quality. I have had mine for several years with fairly regular use (3-5x/week) and it has never caused me any problems.

I would recommend the <span class="_AMZ" id="B004EG6UBE" title="See prices, reviews and buying options"> <strong>Precor EFX 5.25 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer</strong></span>

But if you want to spend less you can look into some of the older models which should be adequate.

<span class="_AMZ" id="B004EHHA7G" title="See prices, reviews and buying options"><strong>Precor EFX 5.23 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer</strong></span>

<span class="_AMZ" id="B004EHHDHI" title="See prices, reviews and buying options"><strong>Precor EFX 5.21 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer</strong></span>

If you want an ellipitical, buy Precor and you will be happy with your purchase. I have for sure. It is worth the extra money.
Re: "I want a new road bike for under 300 dollars"
(from chuck 8 years, 10 months ago)
It is hard to find a really good new road bike for under three hundred dollars. But if you want to buy something without investing too much - I have bought and liked this <span class="_AMZ" id="B0029XLHBW" title="See prices, reviews and buying options">GMC Denali Pro Road Bike (56cm Frame)</span>.

It is very light, durable, and fast - I used it daily for several months without any problems. You can buy it at Amazon with free shipping for just over $200 which makes it a decent deal for its price.

Plus if you want to upgrade later, you could probably sell it and not feel bad about investing too much money into a beginner bike.

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Jheyun replied to chuck re: "I want to brew beer in my home" on April 14, 2011, 7:28 a.m.

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"Forgot to mention the most important thing- also wanted the home inspection be competent in damage evaluation for insurance claims!!" submitted on "I want a house inspection" on Feb. 5, 2011, 9:38 a.m.

"It looks like there were good reviews - probably will order the same Toro. Let you know how it works. Thanks!" submitted on the reply "Re: I want a snowblower" on Jan. 24, 2011, 7:24 p.m.

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