party
Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

“I have been charged with planning an event for my firm, and I was wondering if anyone had any venue suggestions that are a bit more outside of the box.

We have done plenty of events at hotels, but I would like this event to be a bit more youthful. I do not work in the DC area, so I could use some help with venue suggestions. My only requirement is space for 30 – 50 people and some AV capabilities. The event will be in early November in the evening.

For the right venue we can make any budget work.

Any help is very appreciated!”

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rat patrol
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ellen O

“We just learned we likely have roof rats. Looking for exterminator referrals who have experience with these pests and any advice from homeowners who have dealt with this disgusting problem.”

and

“Hi – I live in the H St NE area and am searching for recommendations for an experienced rat exterminator. I’ve lived in the area for over 3 years without an issue until about two weeks ago. The rats have not made their way into the house,but are having a heyday in the backyard and the alley. I’m assuming this is a result of all of the construction in the area. I’d really appreciate hearing any recommendations on how to get rid of them.”

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mosquitos
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quemac

“Is it just me or have the mosquitos gotten worse over the course of the summer? I feel like in early July I could actually work in our front yard garden with minimal mosquito, but in the last two weeks or so, I can barely stop to pull a single weed without getting devoured. And this is when the yard is in full sun. Interestingly, we do not seem to have the same problem in our backyard. Our next door neighbor passed away and the crew renovating her house has allowed the front yard to get terribly out of control, which has brought in a plague of aphids. Could it also be responsible for the mosquitos?”

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clean energy

“Has anyone else received the Clean Energy Option mailer? I am curious if others have switched and if so what your thoughts are? Any issues to date? Is it a huge price increase? I’d really like to do this to support Clean Energy but don’t feel like I know enough about the program.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Hello PoPville,

Can anyone recommend a contractor to replace the private portion of our water service line? We have a leak somewhere in the service line and DC Water has already come out to confirm it isn’t on the public side (they also went ahead and replaced the public portion of the lead line).

Now we need someone to come out to identify the location of the leak or better still just replace the rest of the line. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

We had one company come out but haven’t received the quote yet, they also claimed the permit was “optional” and up to me to decide if we wanted one. This sounds suspicious to me, never heard of permits being optional before but they said the job would be an extra $1000 if we permitted it as they would have to dig on the outside of the foundation wall instead of just pushing the pipe through from the inside.”

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deck
Photo by PoPville flickr user Massoud Adibpour

“Anyone have any good recommendations for contractors to build/rebuild/repair a deck (the ground level, not roof kind). Would appreciate it!

Our deck is about 16×8 with a set of stairs and so far we’ve heard estimates from $1800 to repair to $7500 to replace.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user puddlegal9

“GW Master’s student seeks individuals who have experienced cancer to participate in interviews and focus groups. The purpose of this project is to learn more about the experiences and needs of people who have had cancer in our area. Sharing these experiences could help shape future supportive programming.

If you choose to participate, the interview or focus group will last for approximately one hour and will take place in a public place. Everything you choose to share will be kept confidential. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

This research is being conducted by Beth Moretzsky under the direction of Richard Grinker, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, George Washington University, in partnership with the DC Cancer Action Partnership. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Beth at [email protected]

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rental
Photo by PoPville flickr user Andrew Pasko-Reader

“Hello boys and girls, just want to do an annual Craigslist apartment awareness topic. So, I recently stumbled across this: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/apa/5633523037.html, a SEEMINGLY too good to be true kinda deal, and after checking in with the “realtors” I received this ultra-shady e-mail:

Thank you for your interest in the property listed for rent. You were the second to reach out from the ad. The first prospective tenant no longer had to move because of his work situation. So we give the opportunity to you. We just finished all new renovations and are currently prepared to lease with flexible terms. We will work with you on move in date, lease length and security deposit.

I know you desire the precise address of the property but my husband does not want me divulge due to security reasons. We have had a string of break-ins, squatters and thefts at our other properties. We want to prevent that with this property due to the renovations that have cost lots of money. You will be the first to move in with the renovations. That is why we want to confirm you have your updated report before we schedule a tour.

All utilities are priced into the lease along with garage parking spaces. The appliances in the kitchen as well as laundry room were just installed. You have the option to choose your paint color and flooring before your arrival

When you want to come look at the place, then please visit the link below and grab your report. All of our tenants use this site because it is widely trusted. All you need to do is fill out the form and you get your report We aren’t interested in specifics of your report, it’s more of a formality to ensure you have rental history. Simply get your report by CLICKING HERE

Do not send me the report over mail, bring it to the tour. Once you let me know that you have your report ready, then I can personally schedule a walk through of the place.

So guys, what we have here is a website that collects “renter’s scores” by obtaining credit card information and an e-mail that now DEFINITELY seems too good to be true (pick your color? garage parking?? utilities all for $1250?!?!?!?). (more…)

tenant rights
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

“My trainer was telling me that she just received an $800 utility bill from her landlord. She lives in the basement apartment rental and a separate couple rents the house above her. The people upstairs control the heat/AC for both units.

The LL presents them with a utility bill for elect/water/gas every few months – split 3 ways (each actual occupant.) These bills are never itemized nor do they ever see the actual verifiable utility bill.

This most recent bill is for the last four months and each portion is $800!! Even if the total was $800 – that seems insanely high for four months.

They are fighting with their LL to see the actual bill. Is any of this legal? Im beginning to wonder if the LL keeps utilities. in his/her name for tax purposes.

Anyone been in a similar situation? Thanks in advance for your input.”

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dog hospital

“Dog Needs ACL Surgery

My mother’s dog needs to have surgery to repair a slight tear in his ACL (aka the CCL in dogs). She lives in NJ in a 2nd floor apartment and the dog won’t be able to do the stairs after his surgery. My apartment doesn’t have any stairs, so we’re discussing the possibility of bringing him down here for the surgery and recovery.

He’s a 65lb border collie/lab mix. Does anyone local have any experience with this kind of surgery for their dog and any recommendations/advice as to where I should take him for vet services? I’ve heard good things about Atlas (though I’m not sure they do this kind of procedure), but as this is an expensive surgery, I’m wondering if there are better options in the surrounding MD/VA area. [Side note, this dog used to live with me in DC for about two years, so he’ll be fine (and perfectly comfortable emotionally) with apartment/city living for the duration of his recovery, especially since his activity will have to be limited anyway.]

Any input is greatly appreciated.”

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