Dear Maintenance Men

Exterior Lighting, Crown Molding, Disaster Preparedness

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Dear Maintenance Men:
Do you have a recommendation for exterior lighting that will make the property stand out from its neighbors?
Jorden

Dear Jorden:


We did a recent job involving half-inch, 120 volt LED rope light.

 

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No Lead Brass, Contractors and Modernizing

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Dear Maintenance Men:
I came across an article about a new law concerning lead in brass fittings. I did not know any of my brass fittings contained lead. As an apartment owner, how will this affect me?
John

Dear John:

“No-Lead Brass” – In January 2011, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was signed into law.

 

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Wireless, Lock Strategies and Pre-Hung Doors

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Dear Maintenance Men:
We are thinking of offering free WiFi at our 25 unit apartment building. What are the steps involved and what are your recommendations?
Ryan

Dear Ryan:

Very interesting question!

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Tankless Water Heaters Pros and Cons

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Dear Maintenance Men:
We are taking out the old wood closet doors and putting in the mirrored sliding doors. What product would you use to fill where the door hinges were? I need something that dries quickly and won't bleed through the new paint.
Kim

Dear Kim:
We would use a product called Wood Filler by Bondo, then prime the repair followed by two coats of paint.

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Never Give A Master Key To A Vendor

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Dear Maintenance Men:
I manage a number of properties that use a master key system. Do you have a plan or solution to prevent vendors from losing master keys? This is becoming a problem and an expensive risk.
Janet

Dear Janet:
Never, ever, ever give a master key to a vendor or anyone else not employed by your company. If the building is on a budget and cannot afford state of the art systems for key control or access, try this simple and cost-effective approach:

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