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Apartment Cleaning Services?

“Do any of you have any recommendations for apartment cleaning services in the Capitol Hill area? We’re hoping to have an initial move-in cleaning for a two-bedroom apartment and follow-up cleanings monthly or bi-monthly. If you’re willing to share your price quote as well, that would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, all!”

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Dig-out under front porch?

“Has anyone had a contractor do a dig-out or build-out under their porch complying with modern zoning and DCRA regulations?

I think it would be efficient to capture this space as an insulated interior room with my entire basement dig-out. But out of the 17 contractors I’ve interviewed, not a single one has ever built an interior space under a porch. The issue is that normal roof-top decks have two feet between the deck and roof, and since I need the room under the porch to be at least 7 feet tall, the contractors won’t have enough space between the new room’s roof and the porch decking. And they think they can make that work, but haven’t actually done it before, and are therefore quoting me about $40K just for the 90 square feet of roof under the porch.

So I’d love to meet someone who has actually done this, if it’s been done. And find out if it really does cost that much, which is why no one else has done it.”

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Multi unit building – plumbing leak, charging tenants

“I live in a row house with one unit on the first and second floors and another unit in the basement. I share the top unit with two female craigslist roommates. A single male has lived in the basement for at least 6 months. A week ago, the basement unit flooded, and the plumbing company indicated it was due to the rains. They “fixed” it, but it seems to have flooded again a few days later. The plumber snaked the pipes and found tampons, which I thought everyone knew could not be flushed, especially in an old row house with ancient plumbing. Our property management company now wants to send us the bill for the second clean up and emergency call. One roommate and I don’t even use tampons, and the caveat is that the third just moved out a couple days ago, and she is not responding to our emails.

My question is the following: can the property management company bill us for an issue in shared pipes, because the basement tenant is a single male? I’ve lived in this house for 2 years without plumbing issues, and it’s suspicious that this incident is so closely following the rain-induced incident.”

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Construction in NoMa knocking out power

“I live directly across from the construction site of the new REI in NoMa on 3rd Street NE. For about two weeks, we’ve been losing power (several times) during the day. Every time I get home, everything has been reset (all the clocks, computers etc) and the security alarm is going off. One day last week I worked from home and counted the power being knocked out six times.

This wouldn’t bother me if it weren’t happening nearly every single day and frankly I’m tired of resetting all of the clocks in my house. I realize this is a first world problem so really I just felt like complaining – but I also am curious if I can report this to anyone/the construction company? I’m sure they’re already aware of how much they suck.

Thoughts?”

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Kitchen remodel 101

“I’m buying an apartment that needs a complete kitchen overall, including adding a washer/dryer. Never done one before and I don’t know where to begin. How do I start? I’m not planning on doing the work myself, I’m not the DIY type because things will turn out uneven. Do I measure and create a rough floor plan? Call a bunch of contractors or do I need a kitchen designer? I’m really looking for maximum and practical use of the space and options because I may or may not remove part of a wall. I also need a few things in the bathroom updated, an electrical panel replaced and maybe a new heat/ac chiller (TBD).

I do know someone that renovates apartments on Capitol Hill, so I will call him to start.

I saw the small kitchen advice so I will keep this information handy.

So I don’t know where to begin and can’t seem to find “how to start a kitchen renovation” or article that gives me steps on what to do.

Thanks everyone!”

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Have you been in a car accident with a Secret Service agent?

“I am wondering if anyone here has been in a car accident with a secret service agent and, if so, if you can share your experience with me.

In January of this year, my boyfriend and I were rear-ended by a secret service agent. A police officer came to the scene and wrote up a police report wherein it was noted that the accident was not our fault. We were rear-ended while stopping at a red light and the agent, who was following too closely behind us, hit the back of our car. Our bumper was seriously damaged but the car was drivable.

We were told that The Agency would contact us in a few weeks to arrange for repairs.

Now, it’s July. We have called and e-mailed again and again, but nothing has happened. The bumper is nearly falling off of our car. The estimates for getting it fixed are upwards of $900.

We just want our car to be repaired and to hopefully be reimbursed for the damage.

Have you been hit by a secret service agent? Were you ever reimbursed? What did you do?

Any help is so appreciated.”

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Any streets without street sweeping? Zone 2

“My boyfriend and I are going out of the country for a week and were wondering if anyone has suggestions about where to park during that time as to avoid a street sweeping ticket. Are there any streets that do not have street sweeping? We have a Zone 2 parking sticker. If not, is there anywhere we can park for cheap for a week? Thank you!”

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Local slide scanning service?

“Has anyone had any experiences – good or bad – with having slides scanned locally? My dad has hundreds of old slides of random family events and trips spanning about 20 years. I’d like to get at least some of them digitized in time for a family gathering later this month, so I don’t have time to send them out to a web-based service. I have a car so getting to non-Metro-friendly locations is not an issue. Thanks!”

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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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