House Tricks

  • AC: thermostat at top of stairs (Honeywell)
  • Attic fan: other thing at top of stairs (Fasco)
    • Use instead of AC, with windows open, when external airflow is enough
  • Heat: thermostat in "railroad room"
  • Bathtub shower:
    1. Turn water on
    2. Take down shower head
    3. Pull down ring under water spout
  • Self-emptying dehumidifier:
    1. Place atop dryer
    2. Connect hose
    3. Run hose into sink
  • Dishwasher:
    1. After emptying, leave it open to get completely dry
    2. After every few loads, run it with no dishes, just ammonia
  • Clothes washer: maybe put ammonia in with every load
  • Walk-in pantry: radiators on the floor, don't put stuff that low
  • Kitchen skylights:
    1. Hook the hook
    2. Turn carefully
    3. Close before it rains, or house gets wet

House Routines

  • AM/PM: empty dehumidifier in basement
  • Wednesday PM: set out recycling and trash
  • Thursdays: Farmer's Market
  • Weekend: mow lawn
  • Sunday PM: set out trash


  • Every year: clean gutters
    • Maybe install gutter guards to keep big crap from getting in?
  • Every year or two: clean dryer ducts
  • How to turn radiators off for summer, on for fall
  • Maintaining the water boiler
  • Hazardous Waste Drop-off, 8am-1pm:
    • Weekdays (except holidays)
    • Saturdays: March 7, May 16, July 18, September 12, November 14
    • Sundays: April 5: June 14, August 16, October 25, December 13


  • Health insurance: Aetna
  • Homeowner's insurance: Travelers
  • Collision damage waiver in rented cars: pay with Sapphire card


Other Memberships



  • Bus routes
  • Trains from Tarrytown, Nanuet, Montvale?
  • American Car Service (such as to HPN, EWR, JFK)


  • Taavi's and Gil's preschool: Montessori (phone number, address)
  • Memorial Park


  • Village Market on Broadway
  • CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for produce
  • Farmer's Market for Larchmont Charcuterie, meat, veggies
  • Old World Food Market just past the highway underpass
  • Costco for other stuff? go with Shai sometime
  • Instacart? Shipt? Other food delivery services?
  • Meat and eggs: Moon Valley Farm Store, 3:30-6:30pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • ShopRite in West Nyack
  • "Farm Fresh Store" just west of there, south side of 59 (chicken, eggs, beef)




  • Locks were changed and doorknob replaced just after we moved in by Eli XXX
  • Plumber: XXX
  • Electrician: Jacob somebody (via Shai)
  • Dryer belt was replaced just before we moved in by XXX
  • Dryer ducts were cleaned just after we moved in by Nate XXX
  • Sump pump was replaced by Hudson River Plumbing
  • Who installed the basement dehumidifier? Berry Burners
  • Who replaced the HVAC?
  • Piano: Vincent Maccaro
  • House Painter: Nakia at Precision Painting New York in Spring Valley


  • Toaster oven
  • Microwave
  • Put E-Z Pass on new auto


  • Neighbors Tom and Dana know Sheira and Shai
  • Neighbor Bolly (sp?) has two rescue dogs who aren’t that nice, she says
  • Neighbor kids Talia and Zoe across the street (green house) introduced themselves and said they can take care of a kid
  • Lynn who breeds dogs introduced herself walking a puppy down the street when we got back from vacation


  • Space Farms Zoo (via Dorothy)
  • Nyack Library Museum Passes
    • American Museum of Natural History
    • Boscobel House and Gardens
    • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    • Dia: Beacon & Chelsea
    • Edward Hopper House
    • The Frick Collection
    • Hudson River Museum
    • Katonah Museum of Art
    • Museum of Modern Art
    • Neuberger Museum of Art
    • New York Historical Society
    • New York Transit Museum
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    • Storm King Art Center
  • Chase Private Client Arts & Culture (digital card on phone):
    • American Museum of Natural History: Free for cardholder, 1 more adult, and 1 child
    • Guggenheim: Free for cardholder and 1 guest
    • New York Botanical Garden: Discounted All-Garden Pass and free 2-year-old
    • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Free for cardholder
    • Long Island Children's Museum: Free for cardholder + 2 guests
    • "If you did not receive your invitation to download your Arts & Culture card to your smartphone's mobile wallet, please contact your Private Client Banker."