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“Dear PoPville,

I bought a condo this past winter and because it’s an older building, I assumed there would be some issues that needed to be fixed. Unfortunately I found out once temperatures started rising in DC that the AC doesn’t work. A technician measured the pressure which showed it at 0. Unfortunately, the freon used by this system is banned (R22). So now I’m in the predicament of paying $1,500+ for freon to extend the life of the AC for a few years at most or $7,000+ to replace the entire system.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I have been looking through old blog posts looking for advice on how to make some changes around my home– namely wanting to replace a cinder block wall around my back patio with a fence. I keep seeing people mentioning getting a permit expeditor to make the process easier but was wondering if there were specific companies or names people recommend? I am in a non-historical designated block if that matters.

I am also curious about names and recommendations on who to talk to about adding a roof deck to my home but this is a less immediate concern than the patio.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Searched the archives and apparently no one has ever asked for recommendations for a place to do carpet removal/installation! Any suggestions? I got a quote from one place (in Bethesda), but they want to charge $3000 to remove and replace carpet in a 10’x10′ bedroom, which seems exorbitant to me! Guidance from the PoPville community would be much appreciated.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I saw you had a post in January about someone looking to redo their backyard from concrete to landscaping but our little HOA is looking for someone to do yard maintenance throughout the year and we are STRUGGLING so I thought I’d see if the PoPville community could help. We have a small front and back yard in Brookland (the back is literally just a tiny patch of grass and two small patches of mulch) and had a landscaper for a couple of years who was inexpensive and did a fine job but then he just randomly ghosted us at the end of last summer, like actually fell off the face of the planet. Read More

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