Question: What do I do if my mailbox is damaged or needs painting?
Answer: It is the responsibility of each homeowner to maintain his or her own mailbox. The mailbox must match all other mailboxes and shall be kept in good repair and painted glossy black. Periodically, the management company may send an email to all residents to announce the availability of a private company or painter for hire for such work.
: How do I get my mailbox REPLACED?
Answer: All mailboxes in Princeton Hills must match the black metal/iron standard as provided by Rodney Jarvis of Jarvis Signs, (615)865-6062
. Jarvis offers complete replacement and installation of the pole, box, number plate, flag and decorative filigree.
Question: What if I just need a new receptacle box or flag, not the pole or number plate?
Answer: If you just need a new receptacle box, it can be purchased at Lowe's and installed yourself. Gibraltar Industries 11.7-in W x 15-in H x 24.8-in D Metal Black Post Mount Mailbox, Item # 217532 Model # ST200B00. The cost is about $37.00.
: Can I paint my mailbox myself?
Answer: Yes, it is advisable for residents to periodically maintain their mailboxes. Paulette Walsh keeps the extra paint that matches all the mailboxes. Contact her at 616-497-0049
to pick up a container of paint.
Or, if you choose to purchase your own paint, buy a direct-to-metal glossy black paint like the one that was originally used: Sherwin Williams PRO Industrial Urethane Alkyd Enamel, Black. It’s an oil based paint that requires turpentine or paint thinner clean-up.
Question: How do I prevent bird droppings from making my mailbox and post look messy?
Answer: After cleaning the box and post, you can use a product called TangleFoot, which is a tube of a sticky substance that must be applied with a caulking gun. You apply the Tanglefoot in a straight line all along the top edge of your post and on the ball. This prevents the birds from landing on your mailbox post. Paulette Walsh keeps several tubes of Tanglefoot that belongs to the Association and can be borrowed. Contact Paulette at 616-497-0049 to borrow a tube of Tanglefoot with the caulking gun.