The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 124
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 124

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Time8, Sunday, December 12, 1976-F13 3d RALPH EDWARDS Prevent Septic Tank Problems BBB Furniture WICKER properly. Bricks are not recommended, Jontos says, because they may crack the tank. Indications of septic system malfunction include soggy areas on ground surface accompanied by an odor like hydrogen sulfide or rotten eggs. In any event it may be time to call the septic tank cleaning company at the first whiff. 250 gallon tank should be cleaned every two or three years, in Jontos' opinion. A septic system that is maintained properly should last for 30 years without difficulty, he points out, but all systems are finite in nature and will have to be replaced in time. That inevitability should be considered in the purchase of any LAMPS Since 1946 M 850 NO. DIXIE LANTANA PHONE 585-7600 pUc system with a l.uuu to i,- Welcome to single family living at its best in the Palm Beaches n Some Homes Ready For Immediate Occupancy CITY WATER & SEWER BUT NO CITY TAXES By VIVIAN CROWN AP Newsftturs In the fall one woman gets the pre-holiday jitters - her septic tank always goes berserk before she must do a lot of entertaining. She had assumed the installation of it was "a lemon," but now she is not so sure. Her big family may be careless. She may be on the right track. One Connecticut town sanitarian, Robert J. Jontos, has explained that seven gallons of water to flush a bug down the drain is ridiculous - but a lot of people do it. They are not only wasting water, the conservation of water could add to the longevity of an on-site sewage disposal system where homes are served by private water supplies. Precautions are necessary to insure the continued operation of a subsurface sewage disposal system, he tells homeowners in Wilton, Conn., the town he serves. "Better than 98 per cent of domestic sewage is water," he points out. The discharge of toxic materials, such as paint thinners, excessive amounts of compounds - bacteriocidal and germicidal and brine discharges from water softeners, can adversely affect bacterial action in the tank, the percolation characteristics of the distribution fields or the quality of the ground water which is eventually recycled into wells, he says. Most people know little about how their septic system works, he goes on. Different soils do provide different levels of filtration. Fine silty clay and hardpan soils provide the best filtration because liquids move through them slowly. Sandy soils allow water to move through them more rapidly and unless the depth is adequate, proper filtration may not be achieved. There are many things that homemakers might do to insure the continued operation of a subsurface sewage disposal system and Jontos makes these observations: Paper towels and other bulky waste should not be flushed into the system. It can plug house sewer and distribution lines as well as the pump, if you have one. Toxic materials - paint thinner, gasoline or any other substance that will have a harmful effect on bacterial action in the tank - should not be deposited in the system. Make sure a water treatment unit's backflow discharge is not connected to your sewer pipe. It may shorten the life of your system. The septic system may be extended by conserving water whenever possible. Homes may consume about 400 gallons of water a day, a figure that could be cut considerably by using water carefully. Don't let it run unnecessarily while you brush your teeth, shave, shower or clean bathroom fixtures. Automatic dishwashers consume about 25 gallons of water per cycle, so they should be fully loaded. The natural bacteriological action of the tank will provide all the digestion that is needed so it is not necessary to use commercial additives in the system to improve its function. Water may be conserved by placing a plastic bottle filled with water in the toilet tank. Make sure it fits r t N o Tmibcriine uthtrn Blvd. I -0 Summit Z ( e 5 Blvd 3 I S 2 01 5 J Out of the main stream of traffic; yet near four shopping centers and the Palm Beach Mall. Also near new recreation center, parks, public transportation and churches. Within walking distance of Berkshire Elementary and Jefferson Davis Junior High School. Also within minutes of Forest Hill High School. wattaittiaiWUill Before you invest in a home for your family, come see the Timberline. You'll find that we offer a completed home finished in every detail to your specifications with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS. Each horde is designed for low energy consumption, low maintenance and best Direction,: Congrett Avenue lo Collin Drive ( 1 Block So. of Zayre). wt on Collin Drive to Dam Road, Left on Davis Road TO THE TIMBERLINE and furnished Models. Between Tumpihe Enh 36 A 40 of all is the location. n 3528 Victoria Dr., West Palm Beach Phone 968-1266 or588-3226 US urn CD Kendall Riviera Co., creators of The TIMBERLINE and other Fine Single Family Homes Since 1945 Repair Books Help Do-It- Yourself ers j5r MfuUL AP Newsfeatures Many young men become do-it-yourselfers the way their brides become cooks - by reading books. And women, too, are surprised to find they can tackle a lot of home jobs just by reading. In the past such books may have been too complicated for amateur workers written as textbooks for vocational school workshops, trying to cover too much ground or not clarifying details. Now there are books devoted to one subject, generously illustrated with step-by-step directions. One collection includes books on plumbing, electrical repairs, outdoor repairs, closet and storage areas, carpentry, decks, pruning, landscaping and so on. You decide what you want to know and you acquire one of the inexpensive books on the subject. For example, "Plumbing," describes and illustrates the fittings necessary in repairing or building pipes and the like, making repair jobs simpler. One need not be at a loss when confronted with a slip coupling, a reducing bushing or whatever when shopping in a supply store. The book shows, too, how the pipe fittings go together, and so on. As for pipe data, a big chart clarifies types of pipe and how they are used. One learns that galvanized steel, generally found in older homes, may be recommended "if lines are in a location subject to impact." Flexible copper tubings are the most popular types used, and plastic pipes do not burst in freezing weather. It describes efficiency factor (water), types of fittings (solder, screw-on), how they are stocked, their life expectancy and whatever. A little knowledge may not turn a do-it-yourselfer into a plumber, but it will help in a lot of emergencies - like those long weekends when you can't get a plumber. The book, "Carpentry," provides do-it-with-a-helper advice as well as do-it-yourself. A sawhorse could be the first item built with the book, especially if the do-it-yourselfer likes to use a dining room table or chair seat as a sawhorse substitute. From this book it can be learned how to refinish floors and ceilings, and how to take care of a workbench and tools. It is good for beginners because it provides basic information on tasks that a budding do-it-yourselfer might enjoy doing. For women especially, the book "Electrical Repairs" can be a household tool of sorts. Various switches and fuses and circuit breakers are explained and illustrated. Showing how to throw the main circuit breaker to off in an emergency may be worth the price of the book. It goes on to describe how to correct short circuits, how to connect wires, adding branch circuitry, and so on. How to repair lamps and appliances, and solutions to certain problems are offered also, along with troubleshooting charts for toasters, irons, blenders, fans, portable electric heaters, shavers and even vacuum cleaners. Check the problem, look up the cause and find the solution, whether it is making the toast lighter or correcting a too-noisy mixer. There is also a home security guide chapter which tells about the various kinds of equipment, how they are installed and how they function. Another book, "Closets and Storage Areas," shows how to improve the appearance of storage areas, where to look for dead storage and so on, but there are no building directions for some of the interesting things in the book. An experienced do-it-yourselfer could get ideas and many of the pieces make excellent projects even if you must hire a helper or a contractor to carry out the suggestions, which include moveable storage walls. One on rollers can act as a partition with a wardrobe, vanity, drawer space, built-ins. It may also be moved easily in sections. Storage areas may be found under the stairs where a pair of doors may screen out a pantry, as the book illustrates. In the bathroom use space above windows or medicine chests for shelves. Window seats and benches beside a fireplace can also provide storage areas, something to keep in mind when remodeling. 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS, SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ON YOUR OWN 7,500 SQ. FT. SODDED, LANDSCAPED PROPERTY. EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL PRE-CONSTRUCTION PRICES FROM ON LIMITED NUMBER OF HOMES ONLY! UP TO 95 FINANCING AVAILABLE TO QUALIFIED PURCHASERS! 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