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What was sprayed on streets last night?:

“It smells like miso or chicken broth. And made a mess of cars.Any insight?”

Another reader writes via email:

“I took my dog for his morning walk and noticed a strong sewage odor on the street, Rock Creek Church Road NW (between Shepherd Street and 5th Street). Two other people on the street commented on the strong sewage odor. Then I noticed that all the cars parked on the street, including mine, were spattered with a gross brown liquid. The brown liquid looked thick like tree sap that will not easily wash off.

Could this be DC’s new road “treatment” for the sleet forecast for this afternoon? Do you know if it is safe? Upon closer inspection, the main road was definitely dark and wet looking and the side streets remained dry. Do you have any idea what this brown sewage smelling stuff is? Unfortunately, it tracks into folks homes on the bottom of shoes and pets feet.”

Ed. Note: on the 4D listserve a resident noted a “beet juice mixture is sometimes used as a de-icing agent for the roads”

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Pipe burst, flooded apt. What can I demand as a tenant?:

“Please help if you have any experience or legal knowledge with issues like severe flood damage to your apartment (as a tenant.) Landlords: feel free to chime in, too.

Really stressed out here and seeking advice! :(

Question: What can I expect for compensation for the trouble of being displaced out of my home?
Backstory: Pipe burst Saturday 2/21 late at night. I came home to discover 3 inches of standing water in my bedroom, and also in 2nd bedroom (roommate was out of town). Water came from a pipe somewhere behind the walls of the 2nd floor. It was not my fault or negligence. Landlord came as soon as he knew, and he did call contractors, (but did not admit the issue or apologize). Contractors came the following morning. The pipe that had burst was one that went to an external spigot and they had questioned why there was no valve for that pipe to prevent exactly this kind of situation. (In other words, implying he is to blame for not ensuring that precaution.) Damage: mostly structural– all carpeting, walls, and ceiling, insulation, and some piping needs to be re-done. Personal Damage: clothes, shoes, documents/books, furniture.

Total time for repairs: Minimum 14 days. It is an absolute mess right now. Carpet has been ripped up but the place is not dry yet which means they haven’t put up the new drywall.

Landlord found us temporary housing but is not offering any more. He frequently resists our requests. As a result, both my roommate and I had to scramble to find accommodation, and he is not even sure when the repairs will be done.

Some may argue that pipes freeze as a result of Mother Nature — or God?– and so it unfortunately is something unexpected and should be treated like an accident.

My concern: Many people have differing views and advice on this. After calling DC Tenant Rights Office, they said if he accommodated us, then I am still required to pay rent. Now he is not accommodating us.
Do we simply pay a pro-rated event (calculated per diem), or can I also add on costs of inconvenience such as getting cabs to transport my belongings, a day off work for the trouble of moving belongings and finding alternative housing? What about utilities?

At this point I am rambling but just have so much burden on my brain.
Please put in your thoughts, ESPECIALLY if you have been through this or KNOW your rights.

Many thanks!”

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Tips on building a roof deck:

“I’m really interested in building a roof deck on my Trinidad DC rowhouse. I’ve read the related Popville posts (http://www.popville.com/2011/04/dear-pop-getting-a-roof-deck/, http://www.popville.com/2010/01/dear-pop-roofdeck-suggestions/), but it doesn’t look like there’s been a discussion on this topics in a few years. Does anyone have any advice on good architects, builders, etc.? Any recent cost estimates? Or any other advice or tips? Thanks!”

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Pet food/ Sick pets?:

“My cat has thankfully (i hope) bounced back from whatever she was sick with last week, but i’ve noticed a number of my friends have ill pets or ones that died young, suddenly, and unexpectedly. My boss just told me about an issue with Purina food and I’m wondering if anyone else has noticed issues with their pets?”

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Car tagged with graffiti- 1400 block of Harvard St. NW:

“Any other neighbors have this problem recently? I came out to my car this morning on the 1400 block of Harvard Street NW to find my car had been tagged.

I’ve reported it to the MPD online in case they keep track of this. Is there anything else I should do (aside from I already removing the graffiti, which came off eventually with a clay detailing kit)? Thanks!”

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Workers Comp Policy for Nanny:

“For those that have a nanny, do you carry workers comp insurance for them? If yes, which carriers do you use? We are having trouble finding an insurance (local or nation-wide) that will provide the coverage in DC.”

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Call for Witnesses – Cyclist hit by White Range Rover Sunday Feb. 1 near HowardU:

“I am a cyclist and, while trying to turn left, I was hit from the back by a White Range Rover on Superbowl Sunday at 10:30 PM, on the intersection of 4th St. NW and Bryant St. NW. The driver lied about the incident, saying that I ran a red and cut him off, and the police report reflects a ‘he said/she said’ account, which isn’t enough to pursue compensation from the insurance. In other words, I need eye witness testimony to help prove my case. My bicycle is destroyed, I was bedridden for 9 days, and I have sustained multiple injuries to my back, neck and head – I can barely stand or walk for more than a few minutes. The driver has not been cited and he may not be unless I get further witness accounts. Any help or recommendations would be appreciated

Any witnesses, please reply

Thanks!”

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Roll-up backyard door recommendations:

“Hi! I know that this topic has been covered in the past (2010 and 2011) but I would like to re-visit it in 2015. I would like to have a metal roll-up door with a remote installed to secure my back yard. Does anyone one out there have any recent experience installing one and could you share pertinent information? I also want to mention that, I can’t afford the $8K-$10K charged by Pooner & Sons that readers had quoted several years ago, and I am not interested in a traditional garage door like those that the flippers are installing.”

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TMJ Specialist?:

“I’ve been struggling with TMJ for almost 15 years but recently it’s started to get bad. Does anyone here have a recommendation for a TMJ specialist in the DC metro? I’m looking for one that preferably takes medical insurance. I’ve obviously been to my dentist and have the standard splint but I’m looking for something a bit more. Thanks!”

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Advertising at a Cemetery!?!:

“I’m all for making charitable donations to worthy causes, but this seems a bit whoreish. Real Estate advertising on the main gate at Congressional Cemetery? Really? I know Congressional is an active cemetery, but this seems to have crossed a line. I mean, is the surrounding fence going to look like a minor league baseball outfield wall? Nascar type logos on the headstones? I don’t see how TTR or Congressional thought this was a good idea. Am I wrong?”

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