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Home and Garden April 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

Kitchen Cabinet Painter?

Is there anywhere I can drop off some kitchen cabinets (12 cabinet doors) with the paint I want and have them paint it for me? I’ve already prepped them (sanded and primed) and just need someone to put two coats of the desired color on it. I actually did my bottom kitchen cabinets but I can’t find the time to finish off the upper cabinets.

Thanks!

Home and Garden April 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Home inspection fees

We would be very interested to know what others have been charged for a home inspection (house, not condo). We’re interested in the range of fees, high and low, not just the “best price” – it would also be useful to get a sense of how large the property was. We’re trying to do a reality check on an invoice. Thanks.

General Discussion April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Notice to vacate a lease after initial term as a co-signer

I’m cosigned on a lease and after the initial term ended we are on month to month. I told my roommate 2 months ago that I was moving so he needed to find someone to take over the lease. He has made absolutely no progress in finding a new roommate so I am starting to worry. The lease says: …The lease automatically extends beyond the Initial Term on a month to month basis unless a party gives a termination notice as described under section 5. I would interpret “a party” to mean that I can give notice myself, and the month to month agreement would be over in 30 days, and we would have to vacate the apartment. The leasing office has continuously told me that I need my roommates signature to give the notice. This seems weird to me because what if my roommate refuses to sign the notice FOREVER?!? Not saying this would happen, I just need to know my rights because I feel that I’m being misinformed, trapped and need to find a way out. I should also mention there is a clause in the lease that I am jointly and severally liable for all obligations of the lease.

General Discussion April 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm

DC Taxes – Letter requesting additional documents to verify our ID??

Hi – - My husband and I filed joint DC taxes for the first time this year (as we just got married in 2013). I am a new DC resident, but my husband is not. We rec’d a letter in the mail from the DC Government stating they received our taxes, but that to “ensure your identity is protected” we need to (each) send them any 2 of the listed documents – - DC drivers lisence issued before or during 2013, dc vehicle registration from before or during 2013, utility bill from 2013, apartment lease (if applicable) dated 2013, 2013 real property tax bill (if applicable). Additionally, they want us to provide them with the amount we listed on line 3 of a 2012 DC return (if one was filed)

Everything appears legit about the letter but neither of us have ever heard of anything like this before so before we send off copies of our documents I just wanted to see if anyone has heard of this/experienced this. We purchased a home in DC in 2013 and applied for homstead deduction, so I wondered if it might be an attempt to make sure we really are residents or something? Just seemed odd. Comments/insights welcome!

Other April 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Did you lose a Fitbit exercise tracker?

I found one Thursday afternoon/early evening near the Tidal Basin. Let me know if you lost your Fitbit.

Luke

General Discussion April 10, 2014 at 6:52 am

Random DCRA inspection?

Came home to a flyer on our door from DCRA saying they had come by and “attempted to inspect” our house–and we should call to reschedule. Anyone ever hear of that? Do they random inspect or would someone have called them? We’ve had some painting recently done and repairs to our staircase but nothing that seemed to need permitting, and nothing that has irritated neighbors to the best of our knowledge. I’m on good terms with them all (I think). Strikes me as very odd (also because they note a different address than our house–it’s a corner and used to have doors on both streets but they used the old address that no longer has a door and isn’t the official address). Anyone hear of a scam this way? Wondering if I should call to reschedule or ignore.

Sports and Fitness April 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Running groups in Petworth??

I just move to Petworth and am hoping there is a run group that meets up nearby. Ideally looking for people that are interested in a couple shorter (3-4 miles) runs during the week and a longer run on the weekends. Please let me know if you know of such a group or if you live in the area and are interested in finding some running buddies. I am a 10-min miler.

PoPville April 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

Chinese herbalist

Does anyone know of a Chinese herbalist doctor? Someone once told me there is a good herbalist doctor in Chinatown, does anyone know who he/she/they could be?

Announcements April 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Fire and Police Activity at 3rd and T St NE

Hey Everyone,

Any idea what all the activity was on 3rd St in between T and Todd St., NE early this morning was? Looked like it might have been a fire, but I can’t find anything on it. Noise started around 6 a.m. and the street was still closed at 9 a.m. Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Announcements April 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

Bulk Purchase: Clean Energy for Your Petworth/DC Home

Green Neighbors is partnering with DC non-profit Groundswell to invite our neighbors in Petworth, Park View and Brightwood to join a clean energy group purchase.

Between now and April 16, anyone who pays an electric utility bill in Maryland or DC can add their name to Groundswell’s clean energy group purchase. By adding your name to the group, you help strengthen Groundswell’s ability to negotiate affordable prices for clean energy for homes and apartments.

Here’s how it works:

1) You indicate interest in affordable clean energy before April 16, by filling out this form

2) Groundswell negotiates with Energy Suppliers on your behalf

3) You Decide – Groundswell will contact you with the winning offer and at that time, you can decide to enroll your home or apartment.

If you live in Petworth, Park View or Brightwood, be sure to choose “Green Neighbors” from the drop-down menu on the form, so that we can receive a donation to be used for green projects in our neighborhoods. If you live in other neighborhoods you can simply choose “Groundswell” or “other.”

Groundswell is a DC based nonprofit that works with diverse communities to reduce the price of clean energy for homes and organizations. For additional information, contact Michael Reed at CPPHomes@groundswell.org or 240-342-6193. You can also see FAQs about the program here.

Green Neighbors is an all-volunteer group of residents of the Petworth, Park View and Brightwood neighborhoods of Washington, DC. We are working to reduce our neighborhoods’ carbon emissions while making sustainable resources more accessible to everyone. For more information: greenneighborsdc@gmail.com.

General Discussion April 5, 2014 at 2:00 am

Noise from Blind Whino

I’m wondering if anyone has advice about handling noise from new establishments. I live in SW, close (but not too close!) to Blind Whino, an art gallery that opened last fall. I live next to the highway, so it’s not as if I have high standards when it comes to ambient noise. The noise coming from the gallery between 10 pm – 2 am this week, since the spring reopening, has been unbearable. Patrons screaming and shouting, music that makes my window panes vibrate, etc. What recourse do neighbors have in dealing with noise from establishments like this?

The police are aware of the gallery and are often parked directly outside, but haven’t seemed to control the noise much. I see people with beers around the gallery, so they probably have a license from ABRA, which might be another way to go about it.

Events April 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Volunteer during Passport DC by being a Cultural Tourism DC Ambassador

Volunteer during Passport DC by being a Cultural Tourism DC Ambassador at the Around the World Embassy Tour on Saturday, May 3.

The Around the World Embassy Tour features more than 30 embassies opening their doors to DC residents and visitors. Each embassy presents various aspects of cultural heritage including food, art, dance, fashion, and music. Information booths at Dupont Circle and Van Ness are hubs for activity where volunteers help participants get around to embassies throughout the day.

Volunteer Overview:
•Event Date and Time: Saturday, May 3, 10am – 4pm (AM and PM shifts available)
•Location: Various embassies and two information booths located at Dupont Circle and Van Ness
•Orientation: Various dates and times are offered in late April. Sign up for one orientation along with a volunteer position(s).

Volunteer Opportunities Include:
•Embassy and Floaters
•Information Booth/Will Call
•Survey Collectors

All volunteers serve as welcoming cultural ambassadors for one of the best international culture and heritage events in DC.

Sign up at http://www.culturaltourismdc.volunteerhub.com.

Questions? Email Volunteer@CulturalTourismDC.org or call (202) 661-7581.

Home and Garden April 3, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Water Hammer problem

Hi – - We have recently noticed a pretty serious sounding water hammer when we flush one of our upstairs toilets (3 story renovated rowhouse in Petworth). We have only noticed it for the last 6 weeks or so, but we must admit that does not mean it was not happening earlier, it may have been and just gotten louder to the point we noticed.

We have tried all the do-it-yourself tricks. First we drained the whole system and restarted, and it went away for about 2 flushes. Then we tried decreasing the water flow in to the tank, but no real change occurred on the water hammer.

Has any one dealt with this? Do you suggest we call a plumber? I am not sure how damaging this sort of thing can be. I see mixed reviews online about water hammer arrestors, and I am not sure one would help in our case as the sound does NOT seem to come from anywhere near the toilet/bathroom walls but from someplace else in adjacent walls. It is usually 2-3 loud bang/clunk sounds immediately post flush.

I welcome any advice from folks who have dealt with this before as the sound is increasingly disconcerting, but we are a bit afraid of calling someone in to only get taken advantage of if this is not actually that big a deal or there is some other trick we should have tried. We are also scared they will have to tear up a significant portion of our house to find the offending pipes, and we are expecting a baby in June so not an ideal time for chaos….

Thank you for any advice!

General Discussion April 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Trader Joe's Coming to Rhode Island Ave NE?!

Eariler today the RIA blog posted that Trader Joe’s is planning to build a store across from Flip It and Public Option around the 1600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE. If this is true I’m sooooo excited. I haven’t seen this on any other blogs though, so I was wondering if it was really true. Is this really happening? Is this an April Fool’s Day joke?

Real Estate March 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Rental application identity theft concern – what can we do?

Filled out a rental application with a lot of PII, then owner says they “went with another applicant.” The timing makes everything seem very fishy and now we’re concerned with identity theft. Is there anything we can/should be doing? More information below:

Found a rental on craiglist and met with the owner last week. We indicated that we wanted to take the place and they agreed to stop showing it to other people. The following day they sent along the rental application and the lease. We asked if we could provide pay stubs, our current landlord’s reference, and bank account statements in lieu of the full application. They did not respond for three days. We called on Saturday to ask what was going on and they indicated that we should fill out the full application and things could move forward. Sent the application this morning (Monday) and immediately received an email saying they “went with another applicant.” SO called them this afternoon, but the call was sent to voice mail.

We had a walk through of the unit, we verified their employment, and did other bits of Google stalking that led us to believe they were legitimate. Our take home pay is over 400% of the monthly rent, we have no debt, and we have a good relationship with our current landlord, so we can’t imagine they’d have a problem with the application. Can the Office of the Tenant Advocate help? Should we file a police report? Would love any advice.

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Replied on April 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

Kitchen Cabinet Painter?

Is there anywhere I can drop off some kitchen cabinets (12 cabinet doors) with the paint I want and…
Replied on April 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

Notice to vacate a lease after initial term as a co-signer

It sounds like you are both jointly and severally liable for all obligations of the lease. So what…
Replied on April 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Home inspection fees

We would be very interested to know what others have been charged for a home inspection (house, not…
Replied on April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Notice to vacate a lease after initial term as a co-signer

I’m cosigned on a lease and after the initial term ended we are on month to month. I told my…
Replied on April 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

Random DCRA inspection?

“Please give me a call at 202-442-8935 regarding the notice you received. DCRA does conduct r…
Replied on April 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm

DC Taxes – Letter requesting additional documents to verify our ID??

Hi – - My husband and I filed joint DC taxes for the first time this year (as we just got mar…
Replied on April 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Random DCRA inspection?

I got one for a random fire safety inspection a few months ago. I also thought it was weird, seeing…
Replied on April 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Running groups in Petworth??

Where do you live in Petworth? I’m on the southern end (closer to the Metro) and would love t…
Replied on April 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Running groups in Petworth??

I don’t know of any in Petworth but DC Striders runs close by in AdMo/Columbia Heights http:/…
Replied on April 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Did you lose a Fitbit exercise tracker?

I found one Thursday afternoon/early evening near the Tidal Basin. Let me know if you lost your Fi…
Replied on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 am

Random DCRA inspection?

Oh, we did also have old abandoned pipes (radiator plumbimg, we guess) in the crawlspace removed…
Replied on April 10, 2014 at 6:52 am

Random DCRA inspection?

Came home to a flyer on our door from DCRA saying they had come by and “attempted to inspect&…
Replied on April 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Water Hammer problem

This doesn’t sound like typical water hammer. Water hammer occurs when a valve *shuts* ̵…
Replied on April 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Running groups in Petworth??

I just move to Petworth and am hoping there is a run group that meets up nearby. Ideally looking fo…