Maintenance Things You Should Know

MAINTENANCE THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT


*WATER MAIN
If you shut off the water main in the basement's bicycle room or from outside, there is a pressure release point in the first left stall of the 2nd floor bathroom. Several buckets of water will release from this point so be prepared. Even when the water main is shut off a little bit of water will still be running in the system, so turning on the alleyway faucet will drain the rest of it.


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MONEY
Maintenance personnel may make singular purchases of up to $250 without house consent for maintenance related tasks. Use your personal judgment. The house probably wants to know about purchases this large.
Work traders may make singular purchases of up to $50 for approved projects without house consent.


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TRUE VALUE
We have a rewards account at True Value. Say our phone number is 541-683-0642 or 541-683-1112 OR that we are listed under Manner, Lorax. They should be able to find our account information and we will get extra coupons this way.

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THE FIREPLACE
As of the writing of this document (February 2012) the fireplaces are not lined and could build up residue and explode if too large of fires are built. Instruct the house to NOT build large fires!
The fireplace also sucks heat out of the rest of the house so encourage people to place sheets over the meeting room entrance.

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THE BOILER
The hot water boiler heat water then fills 2 80 gallon tanks.

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THE WASHER AND DRIERS
They are owned by an outside company who maintains them free of charge.

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ELECTRICAL PANELS
Refrigerators have dedicated circuits
Band plug for meeting room for parties - inside right of side entrance

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WINDOWS
As windows break replace with 2 glass panes

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PHONES
Phone wiring / fire alarms

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WALL/CEILING RAILING
The railing at the top of some walls has a gap behind it for hanging things from. This is a feature in some houses with plastered walls so you don’t have to drive nails and screws into the walls to hang pictures.

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ANECDOTAL
There is a history of water leaking into the basement. Make sure that things aren’t piled against the house in such a way that would make water pool in certain areas.


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WORKING OFF SUMMERTIME RENT

The SCA can sometimes afford a summer work trade agreement in which house members work off their summertime rent money by completing a permanent house improvement at $10 an hour. The SCA will not pay a house member if they work above the required hours for their rent. Furthermore the availability of work trade is dependent upon whether or not the SCA has money for it. It is not a thing of certainty year to year. Ask the Office Manager for specifics. The project must be approved by the house and corporate board. Cob structures have been built, the floors have been redone, and a number of other projects.


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