Category: Maintenance

Maintenance Capital Improvements
1997 Apr Capital Improvements

What can a board do if its building is faced with extensive capital work while recovering from the real estate slump of the early 1990s? Assessments are unpopular and reserves are low. There's a desire to have construction operations com…

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Maintenance Gas Deregulation
1997 Apr Gas Deregulation

In Spring, 1996 New York State made it legal for small-volume users in the metropolitan area to purchase natural gas from sources other than the major utility companies such as Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) and Brooklyn Union Gas (BUG). Ho…

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Maintenance A Unique Source of Funding
1997 Apr A Unique Source of Funding

In 1988 Mayor Ed Koch announced a new program that would give homeowners and multiple-dwelling buildings ten years to switch over to water meters, a program that is scheduled for completion by December 31, 1998. With this change, all New …

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Maintenance Getting the Lead Out
1997 Apr Getting the Lead Out

What do you know about lead-based paint? Perhaps you know that it's a toxin that's espe- cially dangerous to children under the age of six, and that even fetuses can be affected since they can be exposed to lead through their mother's blo…

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Maintenance Sidewalk Shed Safety
1997 Mar Sidewalk Shed Safety

You are walking along the sidewalk and, as happens so frequently in New York, you approach a portion that is covered by a sidewalk construction shed. Thinking nothing of it, you stay on that side of the street and continue walking under i…

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Maintenance Clean Chutes and Ducts
1997 Feb Clean Chutes and Ducts

Michael Radomsky, on-site manager of a 16-unit prewar cooperative on Park Avenue, was hearing complaints from the residents about unpleasant cooking odors on the landings. To handle the building's problem, Radomsky put matters into the ha…

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Maintenance How Do You Know If Your Elevator is Safe?
1996 Nov How Do You Know If Your Elevator is Safe?

Co-op boards are more likely to repair a leaking roof or paint the lobby than tackle an elevator that needs to be upgraded. According to elevator expert Al Milo, president of Dunwell Elevator in Brooklyn, which does elevator maintenanc…

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Maintenance Water Pressure in High Rises
1996 Oct Water Pressure in High Rises

What comes to mind when you think of water pressure? For most people these words conjure up images of the morning shower. Lack of water pressure can turn that much anticipated ritual into a frustrating and unpleasant ordeal. Just ask a…

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Maintenance Energy Efficient Lighting
1996 Sep Energy Efficient Lighting

The agenda for your monthly board meeting is to find ways to save money, and in the long run, increase the building's reserve fund. Each board member has been asked to compile a list of ideas on areas of possible savings. One board member…

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Maintenance Window Installations
1996 Sep Window Installations

Changing the windows in your co-op or condo building can be a traumatic experience. Not only is the overall building affected, but the interiors of the individual apartments are affected as well. Even if the job goes smoothly, there ar…

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