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by Prince Of Petworth November 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know of any company that repairs or replaces gas lamps? My parent’s house in VA has a gas lamp at the front steps. My contractor said the mantles (the part that glows with gas flow, shaped like a light bulb) need to be replaced. But you have to turn off the gas first. Gas company said the lamp is not metered, so they do not service it. I said I can smell the gas flowing, very faintly, if you stand next to the lamp, since the gas is not being used to light the mantles, they said they will not shut off the gas. I can’t find the shut off on or near the lamp itself, the screw on the side which is supposed to control the gas flow doesn’t seem to do anything. Lighting shops say they only deal with electric lights, not gas.

The lamp seemed to be running fine for many years, it provides good light on the front steps. I think due to age the mantles just disintegrated. Would be great to be able to fix it somehow.”

by Prince Of Petworth September 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

Looking for a local plumber or plumbing company that has experience working with PEX tubing and fittings. I removed the drywall in my ceiling of my dining room and I would like to reroute the cold & hot line in a more efficient matter. Current water pipes are copper, 10-15 years old (1/2 in size), but I don’t need to replace all of it, only a portion the run across the ceiling. The current copper lines run below just below the floor joist and previous owner built a huge and ugly bulkhead (since removed) to hide these water lines. I estimate total amount of tubing that needs to be replace is 30 feet total, 15ft for hot and 15ft for cold. Does anyone know of anyone working with PEX? Thanks,

Owner of ColHgt Row House”

by Prince Of Petworth August 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

Mold has formed around some of our air conditioning vents in the ceiling. I once bought a Groupon or livingsocial coupon for mold prevention services and they upcharged us for everything (not surprising). DIY is an option too I suppose, but I’m not confident I’ll be able to tell if it’s more pervasive than the area’s I can see. Let me know if you can help!”

by Prince Of Petworth August 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if you can put a request out for recommendations for exterior wood window painters. I’ve tried to search for companies via our neighborhood listserve, but did not get any responses. I also have memberships in Angie’s List & Checkbook, but I’m having difficulty zeroing in on reviews for exterior painting, and specifically wood windows. We hired painters about two years ago to do paint work on the trim who had great reviews, but they ended up getting so much paint on our brick home, that I would never hire them for actual window painting.

I should also specify that we want loose paint at least scraped and/or removed with a heat gun/infrared heater, but this is also lead paint and we have a baby in the house, so we definitely need someone who will take the necessary precautions.
Thank you.”

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


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“Dear PoPville,

We’re having some trouble selecting what kind of floor to install in our condo and I was hoping the PoPville community could offer some advice. We need new flooring in the majority of our ground level condo. During a particularly brutal heat wave last summer, the old laminate buckled in numerous places. It was so bad that I was convinced there must be water under the floor, but once we pulled up a piece of the flooring we found the concrete sub-floor bone dry. This past month we had a shipment of bamboo flooring delivered and stacked to acclimate only for the installers to find out the material had bowed already and was impossible to install. Both of these failures happened during a heat wave, but we have central air conditioning which was on constantly so the heat and humidity couldn’t have been too bad.

Have other people in the area had similar experiences with laminate or engineered wood flooring? Are we just experiencing the consequences of poor quality materials or could something else be going on? Should we resign ourselves to installing tile so we can stop thinking about floors?”

by Prince Of Petworth July 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

We have a condo in Shaw (townhouse conversion and we have the basement and first floor). During the past two big storms, we have had clear water come through the floors in one of the basement rooms. We have tile floors, not wood, and have mopped up the water quickly and ran a dehumidifier. I know the solution is likely $$ but two questions: 1) any recommendations for a contractor or plumber who we can trust to give an estimate and do a good job and 2) should we be investing in a sump pump?”

by Prince Of Petworth July 26, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

I recently bought a 110-year old rowhouse that appears to have some original interior wood trim around the window frames and baseboards. I’m interested in finding someone to repair/replace the old baseboard and interior door frames, interior staircase handrail, other assorted woodwork. Any recommendations for carpenters or woodworkers?”

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