Update! Appliance Research: Chest Freezers
March 9, 2010 – 9:48 am | Comments Off on Update! Appliance Research: Chest Freezers

The decision (and purchase) has been made! In an earlier post (“Appliance Upgrade Research: Chest Freezers”), I checked to see if the chest freezers listed on the EnergyStar site were still offered by each of the manufacturers

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Seasonal Maintenance Schedule
June 8, 2009 – 9:44 am | Comments Off on Seasonal Maintenance Schedule
Seasonal Maintenance Schedule

Spring Maintenance

Cracks and/or bubbling of roof membrane
Signs of ponding or stagnant water on roof
Parapet walls for damage or cracks
Capstone joints for separation or cracks in the seams
Flashing for tears, loose parts or disfigured sections
Roof ladders …

NYC Contractors: Boiler Maintenance (NYC plumbers revisited)
October 9, 2008 – 1:28 pm | Comments Off on NYC Contractors: Boiler Maintenance (NYC plumbers revisited)

After having the heating systems taken offline for the summer to conserve energy, I called Mr. Rooter to do a “pre-firing” inspection of the boilers and associated components. Throughout the past 3 years Mr. Rooter …

Equipment Maintenance: Enerjet Boilers
January 27, 2008 – 7:28 pm | One Comment

This is really to help my memory than a functional post that explains functionality. 
From time to time, it’s a good idea to flush the heating system – not only will this reduce (or temporarily eliminate) the amount …

Equipment Problems: Enerjet Boiler
February 22, 2007 – 1:30 am | 6 Comments

What began as a minor inconvenience of having to re-light pilot lights and flush the heating system has TURNED into “well, how much could a new boiler be” scenario. The previous owner of the building …

WordPress.com “It Takes Seconds and is Free!” (maybe)
December 15, 2006 – 11:02 pm | Comments Off on WordPress.com “It Takes Seconds and is Free!” (maybe)
WordPress.com “It Takes Seconds and is Free!” (maybe)

It took a while for me to notice, but recently I’ve noticed that some google ad-words have been popping up on this site without me having any control over whether they appear (or where they …

Contractors: Vulcan v.s. Mr. Rooter v.s. Niffer (fin)
September 8, 2006 – 8:49 pm | 7 Comments
Contractors: Vulcan v.s. Mr. Rooter v.s. Niffer (fin)

The result of the recommendations for fixing the basement flooding problem:
Vulcan Basement Waterproofing: Installed french drains based on the recommendation of the sales rep that came out to assess the problem. ($3,400) Later was told …

Contractors: Vulcan v.s. Mr. Rooter v.s. Niffer
August 10, 2006 – 1:10 pm | One Comment

Mr. Rooter has been out here to fix this problem and all they’ve done is snaked the piping from the house to the sewer main. I called the manager over there (Steven) to make sure that …

Update: Vulcan Basement Waterproofing
August 9, 2006 – 3:03 pm | One Comment

It’s been nearly a month since talking to Frank and I haven’t heard a word back from Vulcan. While work has been keeping me occupied, I should’ve made time to check in and call for …

Update: Vulcan Basement Waterproofing
July 18, 2006 – 8:39 pm | Comments Off on Update: Vulcan Basement Waterproofing

I managed to get in touch with the manager (Frank Verville) at Vulcan to describe my concerns about the system that was installed. He suggested sending out someone to inspect the work that was done …

Contractors: Vulcan Basement Waterproofing
July 14, 2006 – 6:23 pm | 8 Comments

Vulcan Basement Waterproofing arrived at 9am this morning to start (and, I was told) complete the job of installing a water overflow system. The crew of about 7-8 guys dug a trench (at the cost …

Keeping water out of the basement
July 12, 2006 – 10:54 pm | Comments Off on Keeping water out of the basement

The past week or so has been gray, wet and humid — not really ideal weather conditions for doing much at all aside from mopping up rainwater…
When the house was initially constructed, the basement was …

Small Time Landlord: Featured blog for "Technical Difficulties"
July 3, 2006 – 12:07 am | Comments Off on Small Time Landlord: Featured blog for "Technical Difficulties"

Yeah, I laughed =)
Link: WordPress.com — Tag: Technical Difficulties
While combing through the rest of the tags out there, I came across the Tenant Screening Blog that has some great tips.
Technorati Tags: Education | Rental | …

On a totally unrelated note
April 14, 2006 – 5:47 pm | 3 Comments

Just something to help me remember things:
The IPod has been locked. Please quit iTunes, and then load Ephpod again
You fix this by plugging in the ipod to the pc and letting it connect.

Open explorer browse …

The backyard: 2 inches soil, 6 inches concrete.
March 13, 2006 – 10:31 pm | One Comment

At times the lengths people go to in order to save a few bucks borders on mind-numbingly foolish. The backyard to this property had initially been covered with old, ill kept concrete which the previous …