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“Dear PoPville,

My boyfriend is going through the process of buying a house, but so many sales are the unit splits that seem like shoddy construction. While he is trying to avoid those types of units in general, I do want to see if there are some renovators that do a good job at it (or rather those to avoid). Would love to hear of any positive/negative experiences so we can at least be more informed while searching!”

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m moving within my own building, and was looking for recommendations for labor only movers, specifically to help with the disassembly and reassembly of my bed. (Everything else I can do myself and/or with the help of friends, but as far as the bed is concerned, we are not the handiest of people). I’ve looked around and have found most places charging around $140/hour with a 2 hour minimum, which is a lot for help with one piece of furniture.

FWIW, I considered craigslist and task rabbit, but would feel more comfortable having someone who actually knows what they are doing help.”

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“Dear PoPville,

We are looking for recommendations for a skilled carpenter, who could build/install built-in bookshelves on a wall in our basement. We would love recommendations from the PoPville community. I’ve included a picture below of something similar to what we have in mind. Thank you!!”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Wayan Vota

“Dear PoPville,

Moving into a new house with a CARPETED basement. We don’t like the look or feel, and it doesn’t seem to be the right choice for a basement, dry as it may seem.

If we want something with a cool hardwood or stone look that’s moisture resistant and durable, what should we do? Thinking about vinyl block – seems like some of it looks pretty good. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jenn Verrier

“Dear PoPville,

I am a long-time resident of Capitol Hill but a very recent, first-time homeowner. The house is a contributing property to the historic district, and the front door needs to be replaced (it is heavily rotted and is also not original). I have obtained a permit to replace the door, and I am looking for recommendations for a local carpenter to create an historic reconstruction mahogany door. Read More

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July, 2011 photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

End of July seems like a good time to discuss A/C installation. My husband and I are starting to get quotes to install A/C in our 1,500 sq ft, 3 BR, 1 BA rowhouse. We will keep our radiator heating and eventually install a mini-split in the basement for A/C and heat.

There isn’t space on the main floor for conventional horizontal ductwork throughout, or a mini-split unit, so we thought high-velocity was the way to go–but were a bit surprised by Sila’s $25k quote (we were expecting $15-20k).
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“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone have recommendations for technicians who can diagnose and repair window air conditioners and provide in home service? I know that it’s often more economical to just buy a new one, but I have a nearly new, ultra quiet high end unit that works great but suddenly got noisy, making me think it could be a simple fan adjustment or something. If I can get it looked at for under $100, I’d like to try it before buying a new one.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC. For some reason this photo came up when I was searching for backyards and who am I to refuse a gift from God.

“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for recommendations for architects or builders (preferably with zoning/permitting expertise as well) for a small project at the backyard of my rowhouse. I’m looking to revamp the parking area and add a new deck. I feel like going straight to an architect who does entire homes isn’t the best option for me, but I don’t really know where else to start. Anybody have any good names? Thanks!”

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