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Re: Washington Plaza
« Reply #645 on: October 14, 2017, 12:03:36 PM »
My pleasure, and nice to "meet" you!

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« Reply #646 on: October 14, 2017, 10:32:55 PM »
Quick question: Would the board be ok with a small 1cu ft portable washer? My wife's due soon and we forsee a ton of washing tiny little items every day :(

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« Reply #647 on: October 15, 2017, 11:23:41 AM »
Quick question: Would the board be ok with a small 1cu ft portable washer? My wife's due soon and we forsee a ton of washing tiny little items every day :(

Is there a laundry room in the building? Coops often sign contracts with the companies servicing the laundry rooms that forbids washing machines in individual units. They may say it's because of water pressure issues or something similar, but that's often not really true as they will allow dishwashers.

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« Reply #648 on: October 15, 2017, 03:33:26 PM »
Yes. There’s laundry in the building. But the three bedrooms (and ours) have washer/dryer hookups. So not sure if there’s a bogus contract like that in place. I think the bigger question is how one would install a washer without a water line hookup

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« Reply #649 on: October 15, 2017, 04:05:19 PM »
Yes. There’s laundry in the building. But the three bedrooms (and ours) have washer/dryer hookups. So not sure if there’s a bogus contract like that in place. I think the bigger question is how one would install a washer without a water line hookup

Portable washer either uses a bucket of water or regular sink water and just have outlet hose to the sink. That's why they can generally only wash like 5 lbs of clothes (like 2 shirts & a few t-shirts, but since baby stuff are tiny it's actually substantial). My worry is if there's fine and stuff. We'd still use the laundry room, but we don't accumulate enough things for a normal load and baby throw up all the time, thus needing to wash so often...

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Re: Washington Plaza
« Reply #650 on: October 15, 2017, 07:02:21 PM »
Yes. There’s laundry in the building. But the three bedrooms (and ours) have washer/dryer hookups. So not sure if there’s a bogus contract like that in place. I think the bigger question is how one would install a washer without a water line hookup

Portable washer either uses a bucket of water or regular sink water and just have outlet hose to the sink. That's why they can generally only wash like 5 lbs of clothes (like 2 shirts & a few t-shirts, but since baby stuff are tiny it's actually substantial). My worry is if there's fine and stuff. We'd still use the laundry room, but we don't accumulate enough things for a normal load and baby throw up all the time, thus needing to wash so often...

What do the house rules say? If not explicitly forbidden, then I would think you could get away with this setup.

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« Reply #651 on: October 16, 2017, 12:21:58 PM »
You could just ask the management company. I think the issue is probably since water is included in the maintenance, in theory, you could be using more than your fair share. In my mom's co-op, for example, the management company tacks on an extra charge to your maintenance for a portable washer to account for the water usage.

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« Reply #652 on: October 16, 2017, 03:18:18 PM »
Ok I'll check the bilaws, the whole thing is like 400 pages...

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« Reply #653 on: October 17, 2017, 04:26:51 PM »
Only the 3 and 4 bedrooms have hookups. The building can't handle 200 apartments with their own washers.  I promise you I want one as much as you do but it's not fair to the other tenants.

Prewar drain pipes can only handle 7 gallons of water a minute. If a bunch of people installed their own washers we would have soapy backups in our sinks (it used to happen to me in my former apartment). Dishwashers are ok because they don't use as much water.

I don't know if it portable washers use less water but my guess is that they aren't allowed. It can't hurt to check with the super; you never know.

Congrats on your upcoming baby!

Edited:  good point about the $$$, n00b; that must be a factor.

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« Reply #654 on: October 18, 2017, 08:40:07 PM »
Soooo I’m pretty sure they were supposed to start the fences and stuff but I’m guessing it’s a case of the our start date isn’t a start date

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« Reply #655 on: October 19, 2017, 11:35:38 AM »
Has nothing been done all week?  If I recall correctly the most recent note we got said they'd start the 16th but I'm never home during work hours so I have no idea if they've been around.

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« Reply #656 on: October 20, 2017, 12:12:27 AM »
Only the 3 and 4 bedrooms have hookups. The building can't handle 200 apartments with their own washers.  I promise you I want one as much as you do but it's not fair to the other tenants.

Prewar drain pipes can only handle 7 gallons of water a minute. If a bunch of people installed their own washers we would have soapy backups in our sinks (it used to happen to me in my former apartment). Dishwashers are ok because they don't use as much water.

I don't know if it portable washers use less water but my guess is that they aren't allowed. It can't hurt to check with the super; you never know.

Congrats on your upcoming baby!

Edited:  good point about the $$$, n00b; that must be a factor.

Thanks Lilybell, I'll check w/ the super. BTW how's the super situation and the etiquette for this complex? At my current building I'd tip the super for small stuff and pay him a certain rate for more involved jobs (like replacing old radiator or broken cabinets and such). I assume here's the same?

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« Reply #657 on: October 20, 2017, 02:39:04 PM »
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BTW how's the super situation and the etiquette for this complex? At my current building I'd tip the super for small stuff and pay him a certain rate for more involved jobs (like replacing old radiator or broken cabinets and such). I assume here's the same?

Hi, it's the same here. The super is helpful by nature and he is really appreciative of people who respect his time and tip him and his staff. I tip him for small stuff, like helping me move a sofa and pay him market rate for a project. I gave him a lump sum when I switched buildings and he put up all of my blinds and ceiling lights for me. They'll do bigger projects as well - I know he put in new tile for someone who didn't like the grey tile in the bathrooms.

I do know that he hates it when people knock on his apartment door. I can't believe how many people pester him at home.

 

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« Reply #658 on: October 25, 2017, 12:02:40 PM »
I have some intel on the exterior upgrades and why nothing's been happening. The contractor keeps canceling on the dates they are supposed to start. It's incredible to me that contractors can stay in business with this type of work ethic. But I guess when it's that way with almost all contractors, they know what they can get away with. 


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« Reply #659 on: October 25, 2017, 10:18:54 PM »
I have some intel on the exterior upgrades and why nothing's been happening. The contractor keeps canceling on the dates they are supposed to start. It's incredible to me that contractors can stay in business with this type of work ethic. But I guess when it's that way with almost all contractors, they know what they can get away with.
Thanks Lilybell! I was getting curious about the work, and when it was going to start. I'll drop you a line separately, but I've been meaning to have you over!

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Re: Washington Plaza
« Reply #659 on: October 25, 2017, 10:18:54 PM »