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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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PEX Tubing Vs Copper Tubing

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Dear Maintenance Men:
I keep hearing about PEX tubing as an alternative to copper tubing when it comes to re-piping my rental units. What is the difference between PEX and copper tubing and why use one over the other? What are the pros and cons?
Mark

Dear Mark:
First let's define what PEX tubing is. PEX is a cross-linked polyethylene pipe. (It looks and feels like plastic pipe.) The PEX pipe is resistant to extreme temperatures, stress, pressure and chemical attacks such as acids and alkalies.

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What A Sticky Mess!

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Dear Maintenance Men:
I have a three-vehicle carport that has no electricity or wiring whatsoever. I plan to have wiring installed for lighting purposes and to add garage doors (with automatic openers) to close off the carport. Since I am engaging in this project, I figured this was a great time to prepare the carport/garage for future and potential electric car use. What specific items should I keep in mind for this upgrade, e.g. voltage/amps, location of outlet (driver/passenger side, front or rear of car, distance)? Will the car come equipped with an extended charging cord or would I need to supply one?
Ruben

Dear Ruben:
In a past article we wrote about electric charging stations in the garage. Part of the article follows: "Electric cars make a lot of sense for those commuting thirty or forty miles a day.

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