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“I want to reupholster a headboard with fabric that I own. Anyone in popville have a recommendation in the DMV? Willing to drive a bit if its a good (and cheap) place! Dr. Google wasnt much help!”

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“Is there a way to look up a No Parking permit based on the posted sign? I can only find the ddot site where you can search by location, but not by permit number. The signs don’t have addresses written on them so someone could get a permit for one location and post it somewhere else. This may be the case on my block and I just received a legitimate No Parking sign for next week.. I need to use this space for moving and I don’t think the current No Parking permit holder is using the right block space.

Basically is there a ddot link where I can search by permit number to see what block the permit was approved for?”

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“Does anyone know where you can buy granite stones that matches the front retaining walls of so many DC row homes. I’ve been looking around but am coming up blank!”

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“My small condo building (6 units, 3 floors + basement level) has a fire escape on one side of the building that is in need of repair. There is some rust build up and it needs a coat of protective paint.

1. Does anyone have any companies to recommend that can do this work? I’ve had a hard time find iron workers that do things beyond fencing.

2. During my research, I came across Fireescapesdc.com, which seems to suggest that we have to get a certification every 5 years. Is this true? I believe because of the circumstances of our condo, DC regs (https://beta.code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/sections/6-701.01.html) do not cover our unit, but I’m not sure if that exempts us from larger requirements (which I’m trying to find more about).

Thought maybe other condo owners may have had similar inquiries or made repairs to their own fire escapes. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!”

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“Got a job in Dupont which started in January. No longer needed my DC-registered, insured car so took it home to NC to leave in my parents garage until I am in a place where I want the car up here again.

SURRENDERED MY DC PLATES, but still have insurance.

Trying to decide whether to just register in NC (pay taxes, registration fees) or get new plates in DC. Does anyone know how much this would cost? Would I have to pay taxes on the vehicle again just to renew my registration? ”

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“Do any of you have any recommendations for house cleaning services in the DC area?
I may want to book regular cleanings for a 3 bedroom/2bathroom home. I am interested in green cleaning products. Please share your recommendations. Thanks in advance, all!”

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“I would like to revisit this topic which was raised in July 2014 since I have the same issue. Link.

I am attempting to refinance a conventional 30 year mortgage with a lender to get a better rate and the loan officer just informed me that I don’t qualify for a conventional loan because my house has an english basement; specifically according to him the appraisal company classifies my home as a multi-unit property because there are “two kitchens” and no interior stairway into the basement. It seems like they wont budge, and looks like I am out the $425 appraisal fee.

Based on the comments to this topic two years ago that I’ve linked above, some people have successfully refinanced as along as they found the appropriate lender. I would love to get some help here, and hear from folks who’ve successfully refinanced. Any advice would be very useful.”

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“Yesterday [Saturday] while driving by Maple, had a kid on a capital bike dart off of sidewalk and hit my car. He was in the wrong, as he had come out between the parked vehicles and was trying to go across the street, and seeing damage on car biked off before we could get any information. We filed a police report, but the bike actually did some pretty major damage to our car. Wondering if anyone has filed a claim with them for damage?”

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“When we lived in Ward 2 (zone 2), we had figured out where the non-street sweeping spots were. However, after moving a few blocks away to Ward 1 (zone 1) we haven’t found any spots that have no street-cleaning and have a week long trip coming up where we won’t be able to move the car for street cleaning. Any suggestions for non-street cleaning spots in DC’s smallest Ward (Ward 1/Zone 1)?”

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