Oct 30

Update (10/31/10 – 12:30PM): Possible Emergency Water/Heat Shut-Off

Updated – 10/31/18 – 12:30PM (see original below):
As everyone currently attempting to use the water should know, it’s currently been shut off.
What we know so far, is that it appears the leak is in the cold water line, not the hot water or the heating lines. Unfortunately, it’s my understanding that we needed to schedule an emergency water shut-off with WSSC, and as a result, all the lines will be shut off while the repairs are made. The suspicion is that the lines are deep and may run close to electrical lines, requiring care, and possibly shoring up the hole to prevent collapse. Currently, I’ve heard nothing regarding the status of the break itself, but we’re remaining hopeful that the repair can be promptly made so that we can restore water service ASAP. I’ll continue to write updates as I learn more relevant information!

I don’t currently have much in the way of details, but this morning a large leak was discovered near the boiler room. As a result, we’ll likely have to shut off water to some/all of the property, though I don’t yet know if it will be all water, just hot, just cold, or if it might even be a heat line.

I’ll post an update once I’ve learned more; hopefully we’ll be able to address this quickly!

Oct 23

Heat Is On! Space Heater Reminder

Apologies for not updating the website immediately!

The heat is on, and has been, since last Wednesday afternoon, as scheduled. Hopefully no one was waiting on the website to check, but if you have, please know you can switch over!

I also want to again remind everyone not to use space heaters! We had an incident this morning where a main breaker, feeding multiple units, tripped. While we didn’t find a cause, it’s extremely likely this was triggered by a space heater that was drawing too much power. Not only does this inconvenience you, it can inconvenience your neighbors, and it could do much much worse! So please, be a good neighbor and don’t use them!

Oct 13

A/C to Heat & Updated Meeting Dates Bulletin

Happy weekend, everyone!

Fall is officially here! The leaves are starting to change, and with it comes brisk mornings. There’s nothing quite like the sensation you get when you wrap your covers tightly around you to create that delightful dichotomy of a toasty burrito of you in a chilly world. It can make getting out of bed in the morning that much more difficult!

Depending on where your unit is located, and how likely you are to have had your windows open, you may or may not have realized the A/C has been turned off for the season. Notices were posted on the bulletin boards, but if you’re like me you might not have noticed at first.

We anticipate temperatures in the closed loop will have stabilized enough that we can turn on the heat by next Tuesday or Wednesday – we’ll post a notice once we do, but in the meantime, I’d advise you to either switch your thermostat off or to the heat setting. If you’ve lived here long enough, you’re likely already aware of the fact that this delay is necessary to avoid causing “thermal shock” (abrupt and uneven temperature changes in the pipes that can weaken and rupture them!)

Until then, stay warm, layer up, but please DO NOT USE SPACE HEATERS! While there are some obvious concerns about accidentally overheating something and causing it to catch fire, the larger concern is actually from the power drawn. Most space heaters draw a whopping 1500 watts of power, which is bordering on the maximum load of most electrical circuits here, and it doesn’t take much to accidentally go over the limit and pop your breaker. Unfortunately, because of how electricity works, it may well draw too much from the parent breaker down the line too, and knock out some of your neighbors as well – how rude! Luckily, breakers pop to prevent fires, but things don’t always go as planned, so it’s best not to gamble and take that risk, especially when the homes and lives of others are at stake! Now, you didn’t hear it from me, but they do make some very low power space heaters, like this one, at a mere 250 watts! I am not condoning this, but if you’re going to break the rules I’d much rather you do so while minimizing the risk.

Fair warning, we need work done on one of the pumps that drive the closed loop. We’d hoped to schedule this for the mid-switch interim, but there were apparently some complications. Instead, when they’re ready and able, we’ll have to briefly shut down the heat (for ~4 hrs) to make these repairs. We’ll update you with more as we learn it, but the impact should be minimal.

Lastly, I’m not sure how this slipped by, but somehow the previous meeting notice on the bulletin boards had several incorrect meeting dates. I claim temporary insanity. A corrected notice has been posted and is available here.

For reference, if possible, we attempt to schedule the board meetings to occur on the second Wednesday of every other month, with the exception of the annual meeting, which our bylaws dictate must be held on June 15th, or the next non-weekend and non-holiday.

The correct future dates are as follows:

    December 12, 2018
    February 13, 2019
    April 10, 2019 (Budget Meeting)
    June 17, 2019 (Annual Meeting)
    June 26, 2019 (Annual Meeting Makeup Date, in the event of a failed quorum)

Please remember, these dates could change to due emergencies and other complications. We’ll attempt to keep you in the loop if and when things change.

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