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by Prince Of Petworth June 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

I saw a post years ago about repointing old brick walls with mortar joints that have deteriorated over time. Ed. Note: We’re still working on migrating all the old comments over, will be a few more weeks I’m afraid but they’re coming! What about the bricks themselves? I live in a 1921 row house, and the brick used on the front facade is a much higher quality, wire-cut brick that what’s in the back: sandy, crumbling brick that isn’t wire cut and “sharp.” The result is that over the years, my rear brick wall has taken a beating and has a mixture of cracks, chunks out of corners, ugly mortar joints, etc… It’s not due to any water intrusion or structural issues, just a general aesthetic concern that I’d like addressed. My question is: has anyone had this problem, and what repairs/recommendations have been made?

by Prince Of Petworth June 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

As a non-rent controlled owner of a house in D.C., can I legally sign a lease with a new tenant for greater than a year? I.e. two or more years? This is a residential lease. If so, could someone please cite the statue or regulation as OTA does not know and has not been helpful in this case. Thank you!”

by Prince Of Petworth June 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

I received a summons for Federal grand jury duty and will know in a few weeks if I’m on a panel. I’ve been trying to find online anything about people’s experiences being on a Federal grand jury in DC, and there isn’t much other than the government’s FAQ page and the like. The summons says this service would “generally” be one day a week for twelve months, then elsewhere says it’s twice a week for eighteen months. Either way, this is kind of a big commitment!

Would you be willing to ask your readers if any have been on a Federal grand jury in DC or at least was summoned for consideration, and if so what their experiences were like, please? I searched the archives and saw a few posts about being summoned a few years ago but not much on outcomes and experiences.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

I live in a two-unit condo and have had a very difficult relationship with our one and only neighbor. I tried to keep it as civil as possible and avoid conversation unless absolutely necessary, but there are times when I am extremely frustrated or disappointed ( I am sure my neighbor too is). Any advice how to manage a small HOA and if there comes a point where the two parties cannot agree on important issues, what should one consider doing?”

Anyone know of professional mediation services in D.C.?

by Prince Of Petworth June 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I need to move from our 9th Street rental as it is being sold and are looking for a new rental that allows rabbits. We have four house rabbits and while I have found quite a few “pet friendly” places, they are really only friendly for dogs and cats. In order to find something in a reasonable time frame, we would like to use a realtor to reduce the stress of this already stressful situation. I am looking for suggestions of real estate agents or realtors or whatever they are called who knows the Petworth, Takoma, Takoma Park, Silver Spring areas who will deal with the tenant side of renting.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’m concerned about the quality of construction and noise insulation of new apartment and condo buildings. This picture shows the progress at the corner of Sherman and Barry Pl, NW. After the first couple floors, there is no concrete between floors. It looks as if the people who will live in this building will be able to hear their neighbor(s) talk, cough, walk, etc. What rules are developers bound by, if any, to ensure adequate insulation? From my experience, I had less noise problems when I lived in older, art deco buildings in town.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for volunteer opportunities for my 15 y.o. which are part of consequences for consuming alcohol with friends on two occasions. Happy to consider all suggestions though either several hours a day for a week (note the summer is here!), a couple of weekends, or a few hours one day a week for a couple of month type options are of most interest. I hope it would encourage him to continue for longer, but the main aim is for him to have the experience of doing something for someone other than himself (as those with teens will know at this stage of their development a big focus is defining who they are in their world – so plenty of self focus!).

Any thoughts?”

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