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Labor Day 2020

September 5, 2020

Labor Day is a time when people come together, and it signals the end of the summer; bringing in the new fall season or the back-to-school season. It is a day to commemorate the economic and social achievements of American worker on the 1st Monday of September each year. And a little fun fact is that Labor Day was started back in 1882 by Peter McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader, but it wasn't made into a federal holiday until 1894. Prior to the movement, at the height of the industrial revolution, the average worker worked 12 hours / 7-days a week in unsafe working conditions in order to make a living. Thankfully, the sacrifices from those of the past paved the way to better working conditions and employment laws that protect workers.

So, what do you say to someone on Labor Day?

Celebrating those who built America
To date, Labor Day is celebrated by the masses. Yet, whatever line of work you're in, remember to appreciate the hardworking men and women who cannot take time off to celebrate with the rest of us; such as our medical professionals, retail personels, police / fire crews, restaurant workers, etc. So, if you're out and about this weekend in the 103 degree weather, be kind to those that have to work while the rest of us enjoy some relaxation.

As for combating the heat, the Beach & Tennis Club is accepting reservations to use the premises, but I think the pools are all booked up. We still have the Lake Forest Shores community pool, but remember to follow the guidelines by wearing a mask and staying 6 ft. apart.

By the way, it's time to welcome our new property manager, Rachel Flores. Accordingly, the contact page has been updated to reflect the new info.

Also, you should have received notice in the mail regarding the Board of Directors. It states that on November 17, 2020, five (5) director terms will expire; therefore, submit your candidacy if you're interested by contacting All homeowners should have received a candidacy statement in the mail, but if you're like me and accidently shredded the statement, then you can always download a copy by visiting the homeowner portal at Crummack Huseby. Please make sure to submit your candidacy statement by Sept. 14, 2020. Moreover, the association will need a volunteer homeowner to serve as the Inspector of Election for the ballot count.

This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and obtain valuable experience by correcting problems, gaining a better understanding of the laws and making new friends.

In regards to any activity within the community, it's been quiet. You'll probably notice a few new neighbors due to several properties being on sale. Also, "Repipe 1" has been around a couple times. To my knowledge, their presence was due to general plumbing issues and/or water intrusion matters that were unrelated to the PEX piping; so that's good news.

Celebrating those who built America
As you all know, due to the summer heat we've been using our A/C systems a bit more than usual. When your A/C unit is working, it produces condensation which needs to escape. Most likely, the condensation drain line leads to the back of your bathroom sink, or elsewhere depending on the location of the A/C in some units. If the condensation drain line gets clogged, there is a secondary drain line that allows water to escape outside. Unfortunately, there is a chance that both drain lines could get clogged due to the buildup of dust, dirt and other airborn particles; resulting in the dreaded water intrution that could lead to expensive repairs.

My suggestion, and per YouTube, is to clean your drain pipe each year by flushing it out with a mixture of 20% bleach and water. If worst comes to worst and it is a tough clog, you may need to use a shop vac. If anything, you can always call the experts, but trying these methods might save you some $$$. And please know that I'm no expert, so this is simply info based on personal experience and many viewings of different DIY videos on YouTube.

For those with a newer A/C system, the installers most likely added an extra safety measure that cuts off power to the A/C in order to prevent any flooding and potential water damage should both lines get clogged.

For those looking to have their A/C unit replaced or repaired at some point, my recommendation is Rojas Air Conditioning. In my experience, they did a really good job replacing my A/C unit and ductwork at a more affordable price than the competition. Of course, you have to do your due diligence and shop around from the huge selection of different air conditioning companies. So, another suggestion is to not always go with the top listed 5-star companies located on Yelp. I've come to realize those are the ones that pay to advertise, get a ton of traffic / business and charge the big bucks.

If you have any recommendations for homes improvement services that could potentially benefit our neighbors, please let me know.

Have a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend!

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