Home Hints -
the collective wisdom of Coral Trace residents about
living in our homes.
Homeowners are responsible for replacing (and cost of)
broken mailboxes, for any reason.
The Mail Box Company
(954) 792-6245 to come out and fix yours.
Click here for instructions for a "do-it-yourself"
Mailbox spruce-up (a lot less expensive than a new box).
Where can I purchase interior doors? Home Depot
and Lowe's don't seem to carry them.
Thanks to Debbie Eskan for this reply: The company who installed the
doors is Jambco Millwork, 101 S. State Rd. 7, Margate, FL
33068 Phone: (954) 977-4998
Original Sinks and Faucets -
Can someone please tell us
what material the original kitchen sink and faucet are
that the builder installed. It looks like stainless
steel but we are wondering if it might be chrome? We are
thinking of buying a new sink since our original faucet
corroded and fell apart so we may get a sink as well.
Does anyone have experience with porcelain sinks as
compared to stainless steel or chrome?
I checked my original
papers when we bought from Spear and it's listed as
stainless steel. Ours is made by the Moen company and
they listed the faucet as chrome plated brass. If yours
is a Moen you can look up their web site and under
products they show it with pictures. If you find yours
then you can find out all you need to know about
faucets. - Bob
Moen provides a lifetime
guarantee (warranty) on their items. I have already
replaced a couple of my faucets. I obtained the parts
numbers from Service America and then made the phone
calls. The web site may have detailed information. The
number I called is 1-800-289-6636. Between Service
America and Moen, and a little of my work, none of my
faucets leak, and I have a few extra parts. Mine was not
the kitchen sink.
Jacuzzi Care advice from Whirlpool - thanks to
Debbie Eskan for this hint. 1/11/06
The main source of bacterial
growth in whirlpool tubs is the residue which accumulates
in the piping. These substances include soap film, body
secretions, skin, hair, bath oils, and dirt. When these
organic substances combine with minerals in the water,
they congeal, forming a jelly-like matter, which coats the
linings of the water piping and other components of the
whirlpool system. The warm, dark environment where this
coating accumulates is an ideal location for the growth of
infectious micro-organisms. (Hardly a desirable concoction
through which to circulate your bath water.)
To eliminate this bacterial culture from your tub, it is
recommended that the system be cleaned regularly. Be
aware, however, that normal household disinfectants and
cleaners such as bleach, detergents, vinegar, or baking
soda are not completely effective in removing whirlpool
contaminants. Instead, whirlpool manufacturers recommend
operating the system for approximately 15 minutes with hot
water and a solution of common dishwasher detergent. This
has been found to be effective in dislodging contaminants.
After draining, the system should be rinsed by operating
the system with clear cool water.
Flood Zones for Insurance: we are NOT in one! --
thanks to Armida Granger-Monroe for this post. 11/20/05
I have factual info to help my fellow neighbors
who might not be aware of it: I do not have to pay for
Flood Insurance. I had the Flood Zone Correction do
research and found out that ours is not a flood zone. They
charged me one year's flood insurance premium and got me
back the previous year and saved me from paying the
current year. Their link is:
I am a bit late on info on FEMA's reimbursement for the
purchase of a generator, but for next time, they do
reimburse families up to $1656 per family on the purchase
of generators and other times related to hurricane
Roof Tiles -- where do we get replacement tiles? --
thanks again to Peter Steiner and to Armida Granger-Moore for sharing
Dave Rosenbleeth: Your color
roof tiles are in the original Options and Color documents
from Hedy (Aurora homes).
Dec. 1st update from Peter
Steiner: MonierLifeTile is now selling the Vanguard Roll
roof tile directly to the public on Tuesdays through
Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm at their Pompano Beach Plant.
The Field tile is available in a champagne color for $3
each, and Ridge tile is still available in Hopi for $4
each. The color Seashore is no longer available. First
come first served, credit cards only, no cash or checks.
Directions: I-95 south to
Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. West on Atlantic
Boulevard to NW 16th Avenue, turn right. North to
Hammondville Road/Martin Luther King Boulevard, turn
right. Immediately past the RR tracks turn left at the
TARMAC Concrete sign, 1685 Hammondville Road. First
driveway on the left, sign-in with the security guard to
be placed on the list to see a sales representative.
From: Allen Spriggs [mailto:ASpriggs@monierlifetile.com]
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 11:01 AM
To: Armida Granger-Monroe (who inquired further)
Subject: RE: Coral Trace Community of Delray Beach, Fl
You can purchase tile from
one of our distributors at MRT (561) 881-8836 or Bradco
(954) 776-0718 or from us come December 1 (561) 338-8200.
I would suggest to take a piece of tile with so you can
pick up the correct tile. Allen.
The roof tiles used by our
builder were manufactured by Monier Life Tile at their
Pompano Beach Plant, the style is a medium profile tile
from their Florida Collection called Vanguard Roll.
Disappointingly, the colors Hopi (multi colored) and
Seashore (terracotta) are no longer produced. However,
since the Vanguard Roll roof tiles are actually a painted
concrete tile, any tile from this Vanguard Roll collection
could be painted to achieve a close match. I will
experiment with colors from my favorite paint store,
Porter Paints, and post the results on this website. I
have located some square tiles from Bradco Building Supply
in Riviera Beach, but they had no trim (ridge) tiles. It
is my understanding that in December or January, The
Pompano Beach plant of Monier Life Tile will accept orders
from the general public.
Check -- thanks to Peter Steiner for this post. 6/13/05
anyone else have what I call 'flying ants' around some of
A: Dry wood termites
(they differ from subterranean termites) and certain
species of ants "swarm" when looking for a new place to
establish a colony. Termites differ from ants in that
they only have a head and a body (2 parts) where as ants
have a head, thorax, and body (3 parts). Both can be
destructive as well as a nuisance.
A Google search will provide
you with several informative websites. Also, Palm Beach
County has a free insect identification program with an
office on Federal Highway in Boynton Beach, if you have
Though you didn't ask for my
neighborly advice, I would kindly suggest a complete
home pest control program, treating the exterior and
interior of your home.
Size of Air
(for the Angel Wing model):
the size is 19"x23"x1".
For another (which?) of the models, it may be 15"x20"x1".
your Water Pipes when away - Thanks to Christel Silver
for sharing this one! 3/3/05
PLEASE BE AWARE: IF YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME
FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS OR LONGER,
TURN OFF THE MAIN WATER FAUCET!
Accompanying Home Inspectors in Coral Trace at my
listings, I learned that Spears used the new version of
Poly Pipes. My inspector notes in the report: “Important
note: the home is plumbed with the new updated version of
Poly pipe, a class action lawsuit has been levied against
the manufacturer regarding the original product due to
leakage and ruptures. No current information is YET
available regarding this new updated system.”
I personally have had a pipe break, and we can all expect
this to happen!
My house was flooded in minutes and kitchen, garage, and
hallway which were covered with 1 inch of water, even
though we were home.
The water was running underneath the living room tiles
into the patio, and through the garage to the street.
Our break happened in the wall behind the water heater.
from the main water pipe going into the hot water heater
simply snapped off.
The repair was not expensive, but we were home and were
able to dry off the floor. I had a the dehumidifier
running for three days collecting water from the walls,
This is another important task after any water leak to
The hole in the drywall behind the hot water heater is our
If you have a water break, please let me know — my home
inspector and I are collecting information for a possible
class action suit against the manufacturer of the new
Cabinet Doors at Coral Trace - Thanks to Karl
Chakford for sharing this useful information!
doors have started to delaminate, and another owner's have
formed a bubble on the faces of the doors. Our cabinets
are warranted for 5 years, so this is covered by the
company. Contact: Moralmar Cabinet, 3130 W. 15 Ave.
Hialeah, FL (305) 556-1520 x102. Their rep for Palm Beach
County is named Mercy.
|Microwave Fires - See the full story at
The GE Spacemaker model numbers in question are: JVM1330,
JVM1331, JVM1339, JVM1340, JVM1341, and JVM1650.
If you've had problems or questions about a GE Spacemaker
microwave, you should contact the Consumer Product Safety
Commission. To file a complaint with the Consumer
Product Safety Commission, call 1-800-638-2772 or visit
their Web site:
- I had a mole problem in Massachusetts when I lived
there. I was told they eat grubs in the ground, and by
killing the grubs, the moles will go away. I tried this
and it worked for me. I bought a product called "Grub
Control" at Home Depot and applied it to the ground as
instructed. - Marcy
- I also found a product called "Shake Away" that is
supposed to make them leave the territories by using the
odor of their natural enemies. - Dave
Minimize Hurricane Damage to Trees:
Watering trees that were uprooted or "tilted" during a
hurricane will greatly improve their chances of
survival. Since most likely a special assessment will be
levied to cover the cost of tree damage in the
community, it is of everybody's best interest that every
homeowner and resident attempt to water their trees. A
garden hose "on low" for an hour a day will be
beneficial to all. - Peter Steiner
To Reset Power Outlet on Master Bedroom Sink Area:
Use the ground fault outlet in the other
bathrooms, mine is an Angel Wing and mine resets in the
front bathroom - Marc & Sue Vernam 7/04
Side panel of master bathroom (triangular) tub
falling off: We corrected the problem by
removing the crappy velcro the builder installed,
cleaning the plexiglass with Windex, and using
"industrial" velcro as it has much better "holding
power". You can get it at at Depot or Lowes. - Len
Low water pressure in Shower: Low pressure is
most likely the result of the water restricter behind
each shower head ...FL law mandates installation of them
in all new construction to help save water. Removing
them made a world of difference. I have since installed
a water filter at the wall pipe, which by its nature
accomplishes saving water. A bonus is that the shower is
much cleaner as the white minerals in our water do not
come thru. - Len Kruger 4/04
Leaking Faucets/Showers: I have replaced the
cartridges 3 times in my house and I was a former
building superintendent. The reason being there is a
trick to it and the Moen rep will probably repeat this.
Do NOT skip the vinegar step. It seems to work just as
the Moen rep said it would. - Len Kruger
- First, you must shut off the house water spigot in
- Next, use the special tool they send with each
replacement & remove.
- Next, turn the main back on for about 10 or 15
seconds to blow-out the line into your home.
- Next, turn off the main - in hindsight, do all the
leaking faucets/showers at once.
- Next, fill the cartridge receptacle with white
vinegar. Don't worry, it's going to spill but it
washes away easily.
- Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Next, turn back on the main for 5 to 10 seconds to
rinse out the vinegar.
- Now you are ready to re-insert the new cartridge
and put everything back together.
- You will need a pair of needlenose pliers, a
Phillips screwdriver, adjustable wrench (helps a lot),
white vinegar and paper towels for some cleanup. Total
time should be 20-30 minutes.
- Here is the information you will need to contact
Moen, the maker of our faucets & showers.
Moen- 1-800-BUYMOEN (800) 289-6636
bathroom faucets should be #1225
bathroom showers should be #1222B
Boulevard Maintenance by the City: Please write or
call Mr. Joe Weldon at the Parks and Recreation Department
re: dead bush replacement in the island of the boulevard,
the lawn overwrought with weeds, the repair of the
concrete at the turnaround, vines, etc. 100 NW 1st Avenue
Delray Beach 33445, 243-7251, or
weldon@c... "The squeaky wheel gets oiled" - Peter
Report Street Light Outages: on the web (www.FPL.com).
Get pole # from the pole.
- You will need your FPL account number to access
"report outages" on the website. I found it helpful if
several homeowners report a problem in order to get
lights replaced. - Peter Steiner, 2/04
This page last updated 1/13/06.