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Peter Martone

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Peter Martone (17 years experience)

Specialties:
Consulting,
Mold Remediation,
Fire/Soot Cleaning,
Water Damage

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which is better, honey oak stained or white painted woodwork around interior windows and doors?

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traditionally stained wood is the norm and the way to go... If the wood is in good condition (not pitted, or splintered) and be finished nicely I would go this route. With that being said... I have also seen, an done, painted woodwork in homes which sometimes helps to accent the homes natural lines and/or features and looks great as well.Really it is a matter of preference... keep in mind though... it is easy to paint stained wood, but not as easy to unpaint and restain. Leave that choice up to someone else.

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Cost Of Installing Central Air

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Not being a HVAC contractor (I normally sub out that work) I have seen pricing on systems vary greatly. My advice is to continue calling around and getting estimates until you find one that is to your liking. With that being said the lowest is not always the way to go as we all know. HVAC systems are quite involved even if the walls are open already and if they are quoting prices of $14K for 2 systems it is reasonable for my part of the country.

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What is the best way to remove over 30+ years of polyurethane from cabinets??

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Thomas,I hear you on the functionality of kitchens over the years, however... this is a small 2BR condo we are talking about and it has enough cabinet space to store whatever is needed. the kitchen is 16x14 and has upper & lower cabinets on about 40% of the perimeter of the room. Additionally, they are strong enough for me to climb up the shelves (I am 200lbs). I am not worried about the storage space, or the durability at all.As for hiring a professional.... well, I may not be a professional cabinet refinisher, but I am a contractor, have done this before, and know a few cabinet refinishers whos help I am also enlisting. I was more curious if it would be easier and more cost effective to try to strip and restain/polyurethane the cabinets or to sand & paint. With the color scheme Ive got going in the kitchen I decided to sand & paint.I will post some pics of before and after when the project is complete.

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MOLD REMEDIATION

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First of all the bank is NOT responsible for removing the mold from the home. If the home is being listed by a realtor that realtor can certainly factor the mold remediation into your offer to the bank but there is no guaranty that the bank will pay for it.Also, the cost of mold remediation depends on lots of factors such as the access to the attic, whether or not the insulation is being removed, the type of remediation performed (dry ice blasting, traditional remediation, fogging, etc..) Whether or not drywall and insuklation have to be removed, size of the containment, etc...If you want to contact me and let me know where the home is located I am able to give you some names & numbers of reputable remediation firms.

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i filed chpt 7 how long should i wait to buy a home ? can my wife be the first on the loan?

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As someone who has gone through this already I can tell you that after 2 years it is unlikely that you will be able to purchase a home. My advice, get a secured credit card, or store card, charge about $100 per month and pay it off EVRY month, this will help establish credit. Once youve done that for a while get an unsecured card and repeat the same thing.  It took me about 4 years before I was able to get a pre-approval for a mortgage after my chapter 7 filing.

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What is the best way to remove over 30+ years of polyurethane from cabinets??

I am looking to refinish the cabinets in my condo. They are all real wood and original to the home circa 1900. They have been polyurethaned multiple times over the years and now I am looking to refinish them. I was just going to rough sand, then fine sand and paint them..... however Id really like to strip them and keep the wood look.

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When hiring a contractor, Is it better to pay by the day or project?

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I agree with Michael as well. Being a contractor myself I am sure to give my clients a detailed estimate before starting any work. Additionally, if it is a large project I will sit down and go over different paymant options with whomever it is to see what works best for them. Once we've agreed on a payment schedule the work authorization is signed and we begin work.

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