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Respect Your Neighbors and Those Around You

In order to get along in this world, people have to be aware of their surroundings and realize that the actions they take (or do not take) affect the people around them. This falls true especially in a housing community atmosphere.

A barking pet is an annoyance. A common solution to that annoyance is to place the pet outside so that you don't have to listen to it. However, by doing this, you place the annoyance on everyone within earshot of your pet. During the daytime hours this may not be such a problem, but the night time hours are the only time many of us have to relax and recharge. Please respect your neighbors by keeping your pets inside at night. It will not only make your neighbors happy but your pet might not mind some quality time with you either!

Walking your pet should be a regular excercise as a pet owner. Please keep in mind that it is your duty to clean up after your pet when passing others property. This is not only a Flower Mound Town Ordinance but an act of common courtesy and respect to your fellow neighbors.

Safety is a major concern these days and one way to combat theives is proper lighting at night around your home. Front porch and floodlights are a great way to deter potential theives from lurking around your home, but please pay attention to how your lighting affects your neighbors. If keeping lights on at night, be sure that they don't shine directly into the windows of another home. Some of us like to sleep and darkness is a key element to the success of that activity.

These and other common practices, when given the proper attention, can help to enhance the lives of your family and those around you. A little respect can go a long way, let's see how far we can go!


Saltwater Pool Chlorine Generator Tip

We noticed that our salt water pool chlorine generator just wasn't producing anywhere near what it used to, so we started to investigate the problem.   My brother saw that the plates inside of the clear box were apparently coated to such an extent that the problem had to be in there. The helpful guys at Leslies said to remove it and place it in a vinegar bath. The first soaking lasted for a couple of hours and needed to be repeated for a few more. A bright flashlight revealed the reason for the second soaking. Some of the original deposits were mistaken for structure and the bright light illuminated the problem more effectively than our cost saving fluorescents had permitted. Periodic agitation helps. My brother did the real work - I'm a better agitator than mechanic.

The guys also helped us to adjust our salt to maintain a good overall balance and everything has worked to yield a nice, sparkling pool.  


Bounce Sheets

My mail carrier told me that the US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really works. The yellow jackets just veer around you.

1. All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer! It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.!

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

22. Use a sheet of Bounce to clean your iron. Just allow the iron to get hot, then carefully wipe it off.

23. Quick, bounce this on within the next 5 minutes! Nothing will happen if you don't, but your friends will be glad to hear these hints

Grand Park Estates Street Drainage

As one of the newest homeowners in the sub-division in November of 2005,   we were both excited about the impending move but also somewhat troubled by the persistent pools of water that collected along the curb in front of our home.

Although 2005 ended as one of the driest years recorded in the last century, the pools of water were present from the start of construction till the day we moved into the house.   A series of questions for the builder resulted in suggestions that we work with neighbors to control the amount of irrigation which was the only obvious source of water throughout the nine month construction period.   This however only addressed the source and not the root cause of the problem which was the settlement of the concrete pavement.   The settlement resulted in areas along the curb which trapped the water along the curb instead of allowing it to flow to a drainage inlet.

Because the subdivision developer has turned over maintenance to the City of Flower Mound, the builder suggested following up with the appropriate city department to discuss the issue.   A quick phone call to the Engineering department resulted in an informative conversation.   All though there are many issues related to the responsibility for the drainage issue, the city collected the information from me and stated that the problem would be corrected as soon as funding was available.   I was also informed that other neighbors along the street had also registered similar concerns, some they noted "very persistently".  

On the day we moved in, a contractor for the City began a process of profiling the street and lifting the settled slabs by drilling holes and injecting an expandable compound.   During the process the lifting was constantly monitored until the road and curb once again promoted the movement of water to the appropriate drainage collection device.

If you have similar issues at your residence, I would encourage you to visit the City of Flower Mound website WWW.Flower-Mound.com and under the department listing select the Engineering department.   At this site there is contact information, typically these matters can be discussed with Mike Ford.   The phone number for the department is (972)-874-6310.


Vacation House Check

It is a good idea to inform your neighbors when you're going to be away from home for any length of time. The extra eyes are helpful to make sure your home stays secure. Did you know that you can also contact the Flower Mound Police Dept. to do regular checks on your home while you are away? If you are going to be gone for more than 3 days but less than 14 days you can register with the police department and they will stop by your home while you are away and check to make sure all windows and doors are secure and that there has been no suspicious behavior happening while you were are away!

To obtain a vacation house check you will need to complete a vacation house check form that can be obtained in the front lobby of the police department. An online form will soon be added to the Town’s web page.


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