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Out-of-state Private Used Car Purchase

“I’m purchasing a car from a friend who doesn’t live in DC (or Virginia or Maryland, for that matter). I generally understand the process of getting it registered in DC — get it insured, bring proof of insurance and the title and so forth to the DMV, prepare to pay excise taxes, etc.

My question is how to legally get the car to DC. I plan to pick it up from her, and in her state, she is technically supposed to hang onto the plates when she sells the car. My understanding is that DC won’t give me temp plates until I bring in the signed title. Should I get the title signed and bring it in to get temps to put on the car when I go to pick it up? Or should I just keep her plates on it and mail them back to her once I can get the car back to DC? I’m wondering if anyone in POPville has experience doing this sort of thing and can advise.

Separately, I’m also curious if anyone has kept their excise taxes low by bringing in a bill of sale that reflects the actual purchase price — since I’m getting this for a bit cheaper than what is likely provided in their database.”

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Kegerator Repair Service

“I realize that this may be a super specific request, but multiple Google searches didn’t help, so in my darkest hour of need I turn to the good people of Popville! I recently finished building my DIY kegerator and it looks beautiful and runs lovely, just having some issues with foaming. I’ve called a few refrigeration companies, but the fridge itself works great. I will be asking some of my local drinking establishments tonight, but thought that if anyone knew of a company or guy that could help me with my issues (as I’ve attempting to fix it all from the standard “what’s wrong with it” from troubleshooting. Would love to have this good to go for my 4th of July BBQ, but clearly that may be pushing it at this point. Thanks so much for any insight you may have!”

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Farmers-Market-letter

Neighborhood meeting for the Farmers’ Market at 14th and Kennedy

“I received a note from the 14th and Kennedy Street Farmers’ Market last week, inviting all to a meeting “to address concerns residents have expressed.” (I live less than a block from the market; I don’t know how widely these flyers were distributed.) The neighborhood meeting is Thursday, July 2 at 7pm in the basement community room at the Madison Terrace Cooperative, 1365 Kennedy Street.

An image of the friendly invitation (written in both English and Spanish) is attached. Given the recent lively discussion on PoPville about this Farmers’ Market, I thought people might be interested.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Melanie Cohen

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Window replacement in historic district

“Before I start too far down the black hole of permitting, historic preservation, office of planning, etc, I’m hoping for crowd-sourced wisdom. Anyone out there have luck/happiness replacing old windows in a historic district?
– What windows did you choose?
– Anybody have luck with something other than wood?
– Did you have window company install, or a contractor? If the latter, who?”

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Rush Hour Lanes

“PoPville: Why does DC have rush hour lanes in the morning and evening? I live on one of these streets in Columbia Heights and it seems to cause more traffic issues than anything else. (Columbia, Harvard, Irving and Park streets between Georgia Ave and 16th Street NW) My street doesn’t even have lane markers so most people don’t know they are supposed to use two lanes anyway, yet residents lose 50% of their parking twice a day with hefty tickets if we forget. Then add in street sweeping regulations… Why do we have these lanes, when were they put in and how do we get rid of them?”

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A/C Contractor Recommendations?

“Just in time for this heat wave, the central air in my house is not really cooling the house the way it has in the past (at least it’s keeping it from being sweltering). Alas, the person who put it all in for us last summer is not an option for coming back to service the unit. Does anyone have any good, reliable, and licensed recommendations for someone/a company who could come out and take a look at our a/c unit (which is on our roof)?”

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“PoPville,

Over the weekend, my roommates and I discovered dozens of dead/dying insects throughout the first floor of our Shaw rowhouse. We swept them all up only to find dozens more on the floor the next day. We maintain a clean house and it didn’t appear that the bugs were feeding on anything in particular. After some research, we determined that the insect was a Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva). Has anyone had a similar issue with these beetles? If so, how did you handle it and is it the landlord’s obligation? Thanks for the help!

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Photo of Smores Cupcake from Hello Cupcake by PoPville flickr user Erin

S’mores- please help!

“Does anyone remember how you used to be able get s’mores at xandos, and then at some of Cosi restaurants after they bought out xandos? Do any of the cosi’s still serve s’mores, or does anyone know of another place where you can get s’mores?”

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does anyone know the source and/or reason for complaints about this new Farmers’ Market?

“Farmers’ Market at 14th and Kennedy

I live just a half block from 14th and Kennedy, and am delighted by the addition of this Farmers’ Market to our neighborhood. Yesterday I was surprised to have a Farmers’ Market representative knock on our door asking for signatures in support of the new Farmers’ Market–apparently there have been complaints (I do not know the reason) from neighbors, including a call to Muriel Bowser. The Market has minimal impact on neighborhood parking, the street closure is easy to navigate around on Saturday mornings, and as far as I can tell the Market itself generates nothing but positives (family-friendly pedestrian traffic, an incredibly convenient source for fresh produce, an opportunity to meet neighbors, etc.). I do not subscribe to any neighborhood blogs or forums–does anyone know the source and/or reason for complaints about this new Farmers’ Market? And beyond signing a petition (and buying things from the vendors) is there any way to demonstrate support for the Market?”

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Cute inexpensive furniture options

“I’m on the hunt for a small couch and don’t want to spend a ton. What are some options for inexpensive furniture in or near DC beyond the usual suspects (World Market, HomeGoods, PB…)? I’m looking for something kind of trendy, not another bulky beige/brown/olive “contemporary casual” piece. Bonus points if it’s metro accessible. I knew someone once who went to a place where they sold furniture that was used to stage model homes, but I have no idea where that was. And I’ve already been trolling Craigslist with no luck (I have size limitations so that doesn’t help things). Any ideas?”

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