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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Efforts and projects taken on to shrink a homeowners carbon footprint.


Projects and experiences with local NYC contractors


Avoid the school of hard knocks, these articles will help.


Home improvement projects and upgrades all documented here.

Technical Difficulties

Necessary repairs, maintenance and… oversights.

Online Resources: Stuff I'll end up re-reading
September 8, 2006 – 7:53 pm | Comments Off on Online Resources: Stuff I'll end up re-reading

From “i bought a duplex (!)”:
Pros and Cons of Owner-Occupied Duplex Living
Fair housing laws and renting (or not renting) to families with children
From other places:
The Linux Equivalent Project: http://www.linuxeq.com/ 

Landlord Benefits: Dental Insurance
August 22, 2006 – 10:35 pm | Comments Off on Landlord Benefits: Dental Insurance

A little off topic, but hey — these are my notes =)
In the not-so pleasant process of switching dentists and, as with anything else, I want to ensure that I’m not going to be stuck …

NYC Department of Buildings: More online goodness
August 16, 2006 – 9:12 am | One Comment

It’s amazing how much is behind NYC.gov, was able (through google) to find the NYC DoB Building Information System that (just recently?) added a Skilled Trades Licensees/General Contractors Search 
Update: Was just reading I Bought a Duplex and noticed …

How others are dealing with Basement Flooding
August 11, 2006 – 2:03 pm | Comments Off on How others are dealing with Basement Flooding

From the City of Lakewood Ohio‘s City of Lakewood Sewer System Planning Project FAQ Sheet 1a:
Sources of Basement Flooding – Basement flooding can result from one or more of the following conditions:

Water can seep into …

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 …

Quick Energy Saving Tips
July 27, 2006 – 1:52 pm | Comments Off on Quick Energy Saving Tips

Instead of rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
Try loading dishes into the dishwasher as they are.
And save gallons of water normally used to pre-wash dishes.
Instead of replacing burnt out incandescent lightbulbs with regular incandescents, …

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 | …

NYC Contractors: Choosing a landscaping company
June 4, 2006 – 5:54 pm | One Comment

Urban backyard landscaping to some, might not look too difficult. For me on the other hand, this could be a project that eats up more time than I have. It’s time once again to turn …

Reducing Electric Bills (repost)
June 1, 2006 – 10:59 am | 4 Comments

It’s as easy as flicking a switch on your fuse box that controls the water heater-some households have been doing this for quite a few months now, and saving about $60/month on electric bills. Simply …

Free Microsoft Office Live Hosted Website and Domain (repost)
May 28, 2006 – 4:24 pm | Comments Off on Free Microsoft Office Live Hosted Website and Domain (repost)

Taken from TwistedStudent.com
As part of it's online live beta testing period, http://officelive.microsoft.com is offering three (initially free) packages. After the beta period, only the basic offering will remain free — although from what I've seen so …