Technical Services Articles

Planning Interior Renovations?

If you are planning kitchen or bathroom renovations, they often involve plumbing and electrical changes. As such, they may require county, city and WSSC permits, depending upon the scope of the work.

Thu, 07/21/2011

Permits at GHI

Alterations or improvements to a GHI home, except for minor appearance changes which are allowed under a blanket approval, will require a permit. The word permit is derived from the Latin permittere, to let through, from per-, through, and mittere, to send. Merriam-Webster  defines it as

"a written warrant or license granted by one having authority, permission".

So, a permit is permission by someone in authority to perform the work.

Wed, 10/19/2005

Temporary Garden Structures

The Sunday advertising sections for the next few weeks will be tempting you to "create your garden oasis". This is the season when the outdoor grilles, chaise lounges, dining sets, and yard items get top billing.

Fri, 04/18/2008

Fence Openness Clarification

In many instances over the past year, the A&E Committee has discussed the Cooperative's requirements for fence openness. However, until recently, the only rules governing this have been

for boundary fences
Solid board fences are not permitted
for privacy screens
Screens shall have an open pattern to allow for both air and light penetration

with pictorial examples of each.

Wed, 12/01/2004

Exceptions to GHI Rules

Often, members are interested in proposing something that is different than what is set forth in the GHI Rules and Regulations. The Board of Directors has taken individual members' right to present alternate considerations into account with a process for dealing with exceptions. §XX Exceptions to Regulations deals with this process.

Usually, these exceptions are requested relative to construction or appearance-related rules in conjunction with the GHI permit process. The rule states, in part:

Wed, 06/01/2005

Dealing with Moisture & Mildew within the Home

Cooking, washing dishes, washing and drying clothes indoors, bathing, and even evaporation from house plants, aquariums, open toilet bowls, pets, and humans are principal causes of high moisture content in the indoor air. Moisture trapped within the home can lead to condensation on ceilings, walls, in attics and in closets when it is cold outside, and in extreme conditions can lead to mildew and mold growth. Since airtight windows have been installed moisture is more readily trapped, and steps must be taken to monitor the home and rid the home of moisture.

Fri, 01/05/2001

Clothes Dryer Fires

Homeowners have been lulled to sleep on a serious fire safety issue.

Walk into any hardware store, and you'll find plastic or foil duct extenders for clothes dryer exhaust. Look a little further, and you'll likely find an "energy-saving" heat recovery box.

Odds are that the last time you saw the inside of the clothes dryer exhaust was when you hooked up the dryer.

Sat, 03/13/2010