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Removing Utility cables from the exterior of a house:

“Has anyone had experience with (or know of a good professional for) removing old utility cables and hardware from the exterior of a home? I moved into a townhouse in Petworth over the summer, and the house has accumulated a pretty unsightly collection of cables and wires along one side of the building. Some of this is connected to an unused satellite dish, but I have no idea what the bulk of it is for and don’t want to start blindly removing or altering something that might be important. Any advice would be much appreciated.”

Water walking/running at Wilson Aquatic Center:

“Hey, PoP-ers who swim at Wilson Aquatic Center: just curious, do pool-users ever do deep-water running there? I haven’t seen anything about it specifically on the DPR website, and I can get over looking like a weirdo compared to all the swimmers…but I know deep-water running has a somewhat different “flow” than lap-swimming, and when lane-sharing it would probably be awkward and not very feasible to have a runner in the lane knocking the swimmers out of whack. (I enjoy both laps and water-running, but most of the water-running I’ve done was in a small town where some relatives live and where residents have access to a gorgeous, huge pool at the local high school that hardly anyone seems to use, so I always had a lane to myself. But I know from experience at basically every other pool that getting a lane to oneself is a luxury, and next to impossible during peak times at the average pool.)”

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Rooftop sunroom?

“We have a townhouse in Logan with an awesome rooftop deck, approximate 15 feet square. Husband just came up with a great idea to look into turning the deck into a sunroom/solarium. The deck is all concrete and very structurally sound – with concrete 4 foot high walls. It was built when the developer flipped the house 15 years ago, and everything was done up to code. We want glass walls (above the existing concrete half-walls) and a glass roof. We would probably only use 2/3 of the deck so we could keep some of the outdoor deck, and have bi-fold doors between the two. We know it will be expensive, but we’d love to add a useful room to our otherwise small condo. Has anyone ever looked into this?”

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Idea for Reducing Parking Congestion:

“I’ve been living in DC for the past two years, but didn’t have a car until the past few weeks after my commute changed. (I’m currently in Columbia Heights.) I’m not familiar with what DOT has tried to reduce parking congestion (other than discouraging vehicle ownership), but I thought residential areas could benefit from this idea that I haven’t seen discussed here.

Most of the time, when I’m looking for a spot, I’ll notice that cars are poorly spaced. Often, enough so that one could fit 2-3 additional cars on a block if the cars were properly spaced.

I’d propose that DC paint lines or even short markers (~ft long) from the sidewalk out to mark parking spots sized appropriately for a normal length vehicle like this:

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Most people will try to fit somewhat in the lines, which would help to reduce the likelihood that one or two poorly spaced cars eliminate spots.

Anyone have any thoughts or criticisms of the idea?”

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Building lighting codes:

“A new condo went up right behind out building. Our bedroom faces the back of the condo and it has just put up lights facing the alley between our building and theirs that shine straight into our bedroom, despite the streetlight already up in the alley. I realize this is private property but are there any building codes that limit these things? It seems really excessive considering that there was already a streetlight and I’m wondering how far their lights can really extend off of their own property.”

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Graffiti removal from a neighbor’s property:

“I live in Dupont Circle, near a small market that’s part of a large rowhouse that also contains a few apartments or condos. There is some ugly graffiti (not graffiti art) on the side of the building. It’s not profane, but it is ugly and large, with the word “Voyer” (sic, assuming that’s supposed to be “voyeur,” although I’ve seen it elsewhere, so perhaps that’s someone’s name or tag) written repeatedly–that’s it. A few months ago, someone crossed out the previous “voyer” word and then spray painted the same word, again, this time in blue.

This graffiti is the first thing we and our neighbors see on the street–it’s impossible to miss. My question is, as neighbors, is there anything we can do to compel the owner or owners of the building or the city to erase this ugliness? I see that the city will help remove graffiti (http://dpw.dc.gov/service/graffiti-removal), but it seems like the owner has to request it.”

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car insurance recommendations:

“I need to insure my car after having been terminated due to an accident. Any suggestions for DC auto insurance companies?”

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Lost: Men’s Wedding Ring on Mall 9/9

“Hello – I lost my wedding ring on the Mall Tuesday (9/9) evening in the smaller field next to 7th st NW and Jefferson dr SW. It is a plain shiny men’s ring. Reward if found. Thanks!”

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getting a handrail installed

“I need to get a handrail installed for the stairs going to my basement. The City just did an inspection for my Columbia Hts/Parkview home which is now a rental. Had a handrail on one side, but I need to get it on the other as well. Any references would be appreciated.”

Recycling:

“I just moved into a new apartment and apparently our building’s trash contract does not include recycling. We do not have a vehicle – what is the best way to recycle?”

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Dunbar High School Track Open to Public?

“Construction at Dunbar High School’s track looks like its complete. Anyone know if it will be open to the public at all?

I know Cardozo’s is open in the mornings, and I was hoping Dunbar would be the same, but so far everything is still locked up.”

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Puppies in Logan Circle?

“There was a guy claiming to be a Vet Tech from southern MD set up in Logan Circle with 20 ish puppies yesterday. His story was that he pulled them from the shelter to prevent the Shepard mixes from being euthanized and was charging an adoption fee of $50 a pup. Anyone have any more info or take him up on the offer of a puppy?”

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