Has anyone on this board had any experience with Honeywell-brand thermostatic radiator valves? We're wondering if it might be good to test in a few apartments in our coop (2-pipe steam) building. Thank you.
I'm back on the board after a year hiatus. (I'd like to thank some of the very supportive posters like BP, Steve, AdC et al for their helpful comments and for encouraging me not to give in to the temptation of apathy!)
It seems our co-op might stand to benefit from keeping clear and complete records. I've found a helpful article in the Cooperator: http://cooperator.com/articles/176/1/Preserving-Institutional-Memory/Page1.html
The article is from 1996 and could be updated for our increasingly digital and ubicomp age. But it outlines a logical method for organizing building records, and suggests keeping the files in a locked file cabinet in the building. This is the one point where I might differ from the article, which says that keys to the files should go to the super, the managing agent, and the board president. I would prefer that the keys go to all board members (rather than to just one board member; our building is just emerging from problems having to do with lack of transparency and concentration of power in one person) and not to the super or managing agent. Why? Because the super and MA work for us, and their service comes up fairly regularly in our discussions.
I would be very interested in hearing how boards in other co-ops deal with preserving building records. Thanks.
Our building has two large planter boxes that run across the front of the building. They are in very poor condition and we think the time has come to have them emptied and repaired (brick work needs repair, perhaps the waterproofing membranes too--there is water damage in one of the apartments that abuts them).
Does anyone have a recommendation for a company that can do this type of work?
Our building has all of our reserve fund (150K) in money market funds (Vanguard) returning around 2% which is less than the rate of inflation. We would like to put about half the funds in another investment vehicle that would not need to be liquid that would return around 5-6%. Any suggestions? (Our three-month maintenance income (required minimum for a RF) is 50K). Also- does anyone have any suggestions on higher interest liquid investment options.
We're a 24 unit co-op
We are a condo. Does a property manager need to notify and get approval by the Board for the super to go on vacation? Our property manager e-mailed us On a Friday night 11:30 PM that the super is going on vaction starting Monday for 2 weeks. She got a replacemnent to fill in, but she never told us(the Board)the super going on vacation until the last minute(Friday night). She never even notified the unit owners(no sign). Is this the "NORM" for a property manager to do. Doesn't the Board have a say?
Uneven heat distribution is a common problem - especially in old buildings.
A common cause - easily remedied - is defective or improperly located air vents or steam traps.
Sometimes radiators have been changed and the new ones are too small.
Improper location of the indoor sensor can cause improper heat cycle time.
Of course, old windows may allow cold drafts that cause existing radiators to be inadequate.
There are many possible reasons but the above are very common and I have seen all of them in buildings I inspected.
The delivery people of a major online grocer give our doormen and porter a hard time about using the basement entrance. Our porter keeps the lobby in great shape, and the wheels of the handtrucks leave tracks. Unlike the neighborhood stores, this company sends different people each time so the doormen have no relatinship with these strangers. Even if they use the basement entrance, they pop out of the building through the lobby. Banning that company would only punish innocent shareholders, in my opinion, but we're unsure what to do. Yes, I know it's the porter's job to keep things clean, but it's frustrating for him to see his hard work undone. Any suggestions?
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