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Water Powered Back-Up Sump Pump – Work in DC?:

“We renovated our basement a few years ago after dealing with a flooding problem by installing a life-saving french drain system that has been great. The electric sump pump comes on when the water table rises…and we haven’t had a drop in the basement since.

However, the system is 100% dependent on having power to run the sump pump, and I am concerned about big storms that might knock out the power for even a few hours (or days), thus no sump pump.

I’ve contemplated generators and also battery-powered sump pumps, but came across a “Water Powered Back-Up Sump Pump” (see link below) that simply uses water pressure to run a back up pump in case of a power outage. It’s cheap, looks easy to install, and only requires “an uninterrupted municipal water source to operate”.

So my question is…any reason why DC water might get cut off in the case of a storm or power outage? Anybody have any good/bad experiences with a sump pump of this kind?”

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Found: Possibly Stolen Backpack with laptop case and books:

“Hey, We found a new looking backpack dumped in the trash behind our house in Columbia Heights. It had a few books in it and a laptop case. We think it was probably stolen from a Catholic University student, because there were a few receipts from bookstores around Catholic. Unfortunately the laptop is missing and only the case remains, but if you would like your backpack back, please shoot me an email at tobina88 at gmail dot com and just state either the brand of the backpack, what one of the books was about, or the title of one of the books so we know its yours.v”

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Job Application Advice:

“I am thinking of leaving my job and applying for a short-term position outside the DC area. I’m way over-qualified for the position, but am willing to take a lower paying and lower responsibility job for the opportunity to get out of my job and new location for 6-12 mo. Should I state all this on my letter so that the recruiter knows that I know what I’m getting into? What else could I do to get my resume/app looked at?”

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Five Days Without Water… What’s my recourse?:

“I live in a larger apartment complex where last week we did not have hot water for nearly 5 days. The hot water was off from Tuesday afternoon through Sunday morning. The management company provided the tenants with limited updates (3 in 5 days) about the status of the repairs. Needless to say, this was completely unacceptable for several reasons. From the length of time the water wasn’t working to the limited contact with tenants, I was and still am very upset. I want to request that a portion of my “all utilities included” rent be pro-rated for February since I went 5 days without water this month. Do I have any recourse for this?

When I read DCRA’s website I saw that all rentals are required to provide hot water (which I didn’t have for 5 days) so I would be more than justified in receiving a credit for my rent.

I any one has been through this (or something similar) I’d love to hear how you went about this.

Thanks!”

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My landlord is a hoarder, so we’re dealing with roaches:

“Wondering if anyone has experience with something like this. My BF and I have been renting the first floor of a duplex on capitol hill since Sept. The landlady owns the house but lives in a different part of town. She’s only been renting the whole place out for a couple of years.

I love everything about the place except for the roaches. Big mofos. She is an admitted hoarder and all of her belongings are stored in the basement. It is roach breeding heaven, and they make it up to our apt despite efforts to keep our place clean and unattractive to roaches. The previous tenant in the apartment said that she saw them all the time but never said anything to the landlady. (She didn’t want to make a stink about it because she was getting a good deal.) Our upstairs neighbors see them less frequently but don’t really care. We share the basement to do laundry.

I reported them to the landlady and she acted as if this was the first she’d ever seen or heard of them. An exterminator came and we haven’t seen them in our apt since, although they are more dormant in winter months. Now I’m seeing them in the basement again, and speculate that anything we do, including exterminators, will be like a bandaid on a gunshot wound until she empties or cleans the basement.

I love the apt and don’t want to move…Do i have any recourse as a tenant to get her to do something about the condition of the basement? ”

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Fun things to do with visiting parents that only locals would really know about:

“Hi all!
My parents are visiting this weekend and I would like to do something that is not the usual museum visits. They’ve already been to the major museums and seen the memorials, so I was wondering if anybody has found something that is fun to do that most major tourists don’t have time for?

For example.. I saw at the National Cathedral you can do a Tour & Tea. They give you a great tour and give you amazing tea and a little sandwich spread. Unfortunately this is only done on Tuesday & Wednesdays, but you get the idea.

Thanks in advance!!”

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Printing of large scale photography?:

“Any recommendations for getting a large photograph printed? Looking to print some black and white artwork on photo paper or canvas that is rather large – about 5′ X 4′. Any recommendations (in town or on-line) would be highly appreciated. Thanks!”

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Recommendation Needed: Wedding Dress Cleaners:

“I recently got married and am not sure where to take my wedding dress to get cleaned/preserved. Any DC area brides have recommendations? I also have no idea how much it’s going to cost so estimates would be great!”

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Graffiti Artist Needed:

“I’m looking for a graffiti artist to do some graffiti inside my house on a full wall. Anyone out there do graffiti art or know of an artist? I haven’t posted anything on craigslist as I’d rather try here first…any help would be appreciated…”

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ANC powers if we have completed DC Permits??:

“I am trying to figure out if the local ANC’s actually have any real or legal power over residential construction or building permits. We recently got permits to turn our carport into a garage. (It took a while) We are working with a larger area builder/company they did the designs and all the running back and forth for the permits. We have them post on our door.
We do NOT live in a historical area or any special zoning to our knowledge. And none of our neighbors have ever mentioned anything surrounding the topic. We have been open with our construction goals with our neighbors.

After materials were delivered today one of our neighbors called and said she was concerned that we may not have asked out ANC for permission for construction?? I can not find anything that states the ANCs have jurisdiction over approved residential building permits. I also think it is odd that this is the first and only person that have mentioned this to us. Any feed back?”

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