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Home and Garden April 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Anyone have any ideas for rat-proofing a yard?

I own a row-house in DC, just a few houses in from a commercial strip with a lot of restaurants, etc. The house has a postage stamp-sized yard in front as well as front porch. Over the past year, the front yard and the area underneath the porch has come to be absolutely riddled with rat burrows. I come home in the evenings and the rats are hanging out, chilling, welcoming me home. They’re not getting in the house, which seems well-enough sealed (knock wood), but they are consistently out in the yard, especially at night. I have tried an exterminator, which left me with no real change to the problem plus dead rats to clean up as well. I don’t think it’s feasible to kill or trap all the rats, and I know new ones would come back, so this is not my goal. What I want to do is make my yard unappealing to the rats, so they go and hang out elsewhere. Short of paving the yard, any ideas of what I can do (and/or suggestions for reputable and reasonable contractors who could help)? One thing I’ve considered is pouring concrete under the porch (so the least well-lit area is inaccessible)–could that work?
Thanks!

Public Safety April 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Toyota in the 1300 block of Randolph Street?

Do you own a Toyota that was hit by a car a little after midnight on April 1st/2nd in the 1300 block of Randolph Street NW?

If so, reply here if you would like a copy of the police report – my fence was also damaged in the same incident, well, earlier in the same police chase – and I picked up a copy of the report today.

Home and Garden April 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

Furniture for sale

I’m selling the following:

Leather couch: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/fuo/4429345122.html

Table: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/fuo/4429227094.html

Side tables: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/fuo/4429164541.html

Wall decor: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/fuo/4429113533.html

Thanks for looking! I have to be out of my place tomorrow, so what doesn’t sell goes to Goodwill.

I’m located just off 15th and Euclid, can email exact address if you’re interested.

Local News April 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Secret Service Chase on F and 11th St. NW

I’m not sure what this guy did, but around 6:00 pm, Wednesday evening on F St. NW, this guy was being chased by Secret Service Police, and he managed to hit two moving cars, one car carry a family with a small child, and another car that seemed to be chasing this guy after being hit as well. The dude with the sunglasses is the guy being chased. Does anyone know what this guy did? I heard they may of started the chase from the White House!

Home and Garden April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

Parking an airstream on my own property?

I’ve looked all over the DC gov websites and can’t find the answer to this:

I’ve been offered a 25′ vintage airstream trailer by a relative. I have plenty of room to park this in my rowhouse’s back yard (zoned R-4). Is there any DC law/zoning requirement that would prevent this? Nobody would live in it, I would use it for vacations and maybe some extra storage space.

If the trailer is stationary, does it need to be tagged and insured? I want to be sure this is all covered before accepting the trailer. I don’t know what would prevent me from parking this on my own property but knowing DC I would be worried somebody would show up at my door with a fine and a red sticker.

Thanks!

General Discussion April 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

What was up with the marine helicopters circling petworth/columbia heights?

What was up with the marine helicopters circling petworth/columbia heights/mt. pleasant yesterday at about 10 am? They kept going around and around. Training exercise? POTUS about to rappel and save the day?

Food and Dining April 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Accessible roof decks?

It seems like every bar and restaurant in the city is adding a rooftop deck. While I applaud this trend in theory, as a wheelchair user I feel I will never have the opportunity to enjoy any of them. Does anyone know of any rooftop terraces with elevators or alternate wheelchair accessibility?

General Discussion April 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Party Supply Stores in DC

Anyone know of a good party supply store in the District or otherwise metro accessible? I’m specifically looking for cupcake toppers, and baby shower themed decorations. Thanks.

Local News April 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

Car on fire at 2nd & D NW

At 8:15 this morning there was a car on fire at the intersection of 2nd & D St NW outside the homeless shelter.

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Announcements April 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Supreme Court construction

Does anyone have any info on what all the construction around the Supreme Court is? There has been constant construction on the grounds since I first moved to the Hill six years ago. For the first few years, the sidewalks on East Capitol were blocked, then opened, then blocked again. Now I notice all the work on my walk down Maryland. Nothing seems extensive enough to merit six years (more assuming this didn’t start right when I moved here) worth of work.

Announcements April 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

Camera Found in Georgetown

I found a camera in Georgetown this weekend. If you lost a camera please respond to this post or contact me at gustavo3000@hotmail.com. You must be able to tell me the make and model of the camera, where exactly you might have lost the camera, and specific details about the photos on the camera.

Public Safety April 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Calling the police on homeless men smoking crack?

I live in a condo building that overlooks an alley. I have witnessed homeless men smoking crack on a few occasions and felt conflicted about calling the police. I mean, if I were homeless, I’d probably want to be in a numb state, too. If I call the police and they get arrested, they end up getting thrown in jail and doesn’t solve the problem. If I let them be, I have crackheads in my alley. The other day, I yelled at them that I already called the police (which I didn’t) and they thanked me and moved on. What’s your opinion?

Announcements April 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Auditions for women's social justice singing group

Do you love to sing?
Are you passionate about social and environmental change?
Interested in joining a group of dynamic women dedicated to the fight for justice?

Audition for SongRise, DC’s all women social justice a cappella group!

About You: We are seeking talented women of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and experience levels in the DC/VA/MD area to join our singing group. No prior experience is required, but a strong passion for social justice and community engagement is a necessity.

About SongRise: We are a group of singers who offer up our talents at community events, fundraisers, rallies, protests, farmer’s markets, civil rights celebrations, DC voting rights events, arts showcases, schools… you name it! We focus on raising awareness around a variety of social justice issues on both the global and local levels and supporting groups that are doing this work.

We practice one night per week and perform 2-4 times per month, depending on our members’ availability and invitations. We also like to have fun together, whether going to karaoke, volunteering, or attending like-minded musical performances about once a month. As an all-volunteer-run group, members also spend 1-3 hours per week organizing gigs, arranging songs, and other administrative tasks.

For more information about SongRise, please visit our website and come check us out live at our next gig: SongRiseDC.blogspot.com.

HOW TO AUDITION:
STEP 1: If you would like to audition, please fill out the form at https://tinyurl.com/songrise2014auditions and email a sample of you singing “Happy Birthday” (unedited audio recording, YouTube link, etc) to dcsongrise@gmail.com with “Auditions” in the subject line by Sunday, April 27.

STEP 2: From the samples, we will select a pool of ladies to audition in person. Auditions will take place in the Dupont Circle area Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7th. Final callbacks will take place on Tuesday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 20th. Please save the dates!

We look forward to singing with you soon!
SongRise

Local News April 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Taxicab on fire at 21st and Pennsylvania NW

Caught this just a few minutes ago- this taxicab was literally in flames. Luckily there is a fire station close by and it appears the driver was able to get out of the car. Pennsylvania was/ might still be blocked off from Washignton Circle to 20th Street.

General Discussion April 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Doodie In The Garden

OK…I’m not even sure how to describe what’s going on here.

We have a lot of feral cats in our corner of Petworth. So I’m used to digging up cat poop in our garden. (Not enough ground cover, too much mulch for the cats to resist.) But three days ago something new turned up: A king-sized doodie! There is no way this came from a cat. It was too large and there was no attempt to bury it. So I dutifully scooped up this uber-turd and got rid of it, and the next day…another. And then…another, on the third day!

Now our back gate is not locked–doesn’t even have one, but up until now, we’ve never seen anyone try to get into our garden, and our neighbors are very vigilant. So this had to have happened overnight. I thought perhaps someone was letting their dog into our backyard to do their business, but the Frogette took one look at this and said, “That’s a person. EEEWWWWW!” (You might ask how we know this, but if you’ve lived in San Francisco for any length time, you’d get it.)

So my question for the forum? Has this happened to anyone else? Ever heard of anything like this? Besides putting a lock and chain on our gate…anything else we can/should do?

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Replied on April 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Anyone have any ideas for rat-proofing a yard?

We had the area under our back enclosed porch filled with gravel. Well, they called it gravel. I ca…
Replied on April 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Anyone have any ideas for rat-proofing a yard?

I own a row-house in DC, just a few houses in from a commercial strip with a lot of restaurants, et…
Replied on April 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Toyota in the 1300 block of Randolph Street?

Do you own a Toyota that was hit by a car a little after midnight on April 1st/2nd in the 1300 bloc…
Replied on April 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Home inspection fees

$550 for a 2200 st ft (including basement) row home – including termite inspection. This was…
Replied on April 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Nighttime grass cutting

I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s basically just white noise, and it’s not a…
Replied on April 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Parking an airstream on my own property?

I don’t know if there’s a law or regulation about this, but one of my neighbors has had…
Replied on April 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

Furniture for sale

I’m selling the following: Leather couch: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/fuo/4429345…
Replied on April 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Secret Service Chase on F and 11th St. NW

I’m not sure what this guy did, but around 6:00 pm, Wednesday evening on F St. NW, this guy w…
Replied on April 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Party Supply Stores in DC

There’s a Party City across the street from the Wheaton stop on the red line. Also walkable f…
Replied on April 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Party Supply Stores in DC

Michael’s and AC Moore (better option) on Rockville Pike are both metro accessible. Everythi…
Replied on April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

Parking an airstream on my own property?

I’ve looked all over the DC gov websites and can’t find the answer to this: I’ve …
Replied on April 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

What was up with the marine helicopters circling petworth/columbia heights?

What was up with the marine helicopters circling petworth/columbia heights/mt. pleasant yesterday a…
Replied on April 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Party Supply Stores in DC

neither is super close to the Metro station but I like Party Mania and Bradley Party & Variety …
Replied on April 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Accessible roof decks?

It seems like every bar and restaurant in the city is adding a rooftop deck. While I applaud this t…