Oct 09

Updated Oct 10

Peoples gas meter

We had them come out to do the measuring to move the meter and were told to expect a phone call to schedule when they'll come and actually do the work. Now they're on my block installing long yellow pipes. I remember seeing a post about a construction worker trying to do the meter move without scheduling an appt but we have a senior with dementia in the house and need to have him out during the work or he'll get agitated. Anyone know if I just call people's gas or is it a separate contractor?

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Dickinson is correct. Although those different people in and out of your basement were Peoples employees they are not responsible for checking your appliances. The guy relighting your appliances is. They guy marking where your new service will come in gas nothing to do with your appliances. If you happened to be hosting a dinner party that night I guess you'd be calling a caterer.

  • Laymaneers Constant Vigilance

    I was the one who posted about them just showing up. I said it didn't work for us and have yet to hear anything further...

Oct 05

Missing Dog

A neighbor a couple blocks down is missing her sweet dog, Charlie. If you live around Belmont & Austin, please keep an eye out! I added the flyer as well.

Oct 02

Garage Sale-Oct 4 5654 W. Grace from 9-4

Surplus remodeling materials (doors, cabinets, medicine chest etc) as well as home decor and small appliances. Come by and take a look!

Oct 02

Garage Sale - Oct 5 5654 W. Grace - 9-4

Surplus remodeling materials (doors, cabinets, vanities etc...) as well as home decor and small appliances. Come on by and take a look!

Sep 20

Updated Sep 20

Looking for a Mason

Seeking recommendations for an honest mason/tuck pointer that does quality work at a reasonable rate.

  • Highly recommended because of tuckpoining done on our bungalow face brick. Not the lowest bid, but Dayyy's high quality at other places I looked at got him the job. Also that he traveled with the correct strength mortar needed for old bungalows. He paid careful attention even in little spots not visible without a lot of extra effort. And he made a careful effort to deliver the correct color on the face brick's mortar.


  • Ack! Danny, not Dayy's.

  • Thanks. I appreciate the info and website link.

Sep 04

Updated Sep 05


Thoughts? They're pretty persistent to the point of ringing the door bell, knocking on the window and jingling the screen door handle.

  • Integrys is not 100% renewable energy. The city contract calls for 5% renewable energy and the rest to be non-coal. State law requires another 2%. The other 93% can come from any source whatsoever, as long as it is not coal.

    So Integrys has a contract with Marcus Hook power...

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    Integrys is not 100% renewable energy. The city contract calls for 5% renewable energy and the rest to be non-coal. State law requires another 2%. The other 93% can come from any source whatsoever, as long as it is not coal.

    So Integrys has a contract with Marcus Hook power plant in Pennsylvania. It is a natural gas fired generating plant. It produces an amount of electricity greater than or equal to 93% of what Integrys's Chicago customers use. So on its books, Integrys "assigns" this electricity to Chicago and fulfills its obligations.

    Natural gas is not considered a renewable fuel. Much of it comes from fracking, although there is no way of knowing how much of the natural gas used at Marcus Hook is from fracking.

    Remember that Chicago is not Integrys's only customer. Integrys can sell the electricty from coal-fired generators that Chicago does not want to its other customers instead. Here is the environmental report that Integrys filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission for the 12 months ending 3/31/14. The covers all of its Illinois customers, not just Chicago. Read it and weep:

  • I just switched back to ComEd because3 CUB provided the analysis/comparison with new rates.

Sep 05

BC FEST what a joke

I am sorry but closing off south bound cental ave at school street is really incompetent . All traffic is now grid locked on school street. Tried to call 30th ward office to voice my concerns , but of course they are closed. This has to be the poorest execution of a street fair ever. BE WARNED DO NOT DRIVE THRU BELMONT AND CENTRAL you will not get that hour of your life back.

Sep 02

Updated Sep 03

1940's Gas, Tappan Stove

Vintage, working Tappan stove needs a new home. We need the space and this must go. We've tried rebuilding exchange but they won't come pick it up. Perfect for someone doing a period restoration. We don't want to give to a scrapper but if no one wants it that's what will happen. See pictures.

  • Check every inch of gas lines for rust. Any rust disqualifies this for further use IMO.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Whoever ends up with the stove, I like my eggs scrambled well. Two strips of bacon. Coffee, hot. Just lemme know when ta' show up!

Aug 19

Updated Aug 27

Rooming houses

Just curious if anyone else has neighbors who have rehabbed their single family bungalow and turned it into a boarding house? We have two on our block. It's becoming increasingly difficult to park anywhere near my house. One "tenant" has a car and two work vans. There are at least 10 extra cars on the block from the 2nd house. I could park in my garage, but I'm afraid of the rats attracted by my neighbor who leaves food out for the pigeons. :(

  • Today my brother found a crew tearing off wood siding of a years empty house near him. There was underlying visible mold on the back of the siding and on the exposed sheathing. The crew was putting up new siding without addressing the mold. The response to his challenge was, "I work for the bank." He says he'll be watching for a home inspector, real estate agent, and potential buyer.

  • annethirteen teacher of the maths

    No, Portage Porker, it's not that one.

    Just Me, thanks for the heads up. I hadn't had a chance to read your article posted.

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