Aspen Hill Directory

Get to know your neighbors through the Directory.

As suggested by several of our residents, the Aspen Hill Board of Directors would like to make a neighborhood directory available to residents only.  This would be for neighborly things like inviting your neighbor to a party, or letting them know their garage door is open.

So please fill out as much information as you are comfortable with, and once we collect a substantial amount of entries we’ll send you back a directory.  Only those people participating in the directory will receive a copy.

Thank you

Fix your microwave

Fix your microwave

Your microwave probably needs fixing

The microwave door switch can overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area.


If you have a microwave-oven combo that was commonly installed in our homes, then you will want to follow this link for more information regarding a factory recall.

The short details are: The door switch in the microwave oven can overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area. You should stop using the microwave in the micro-oven combo immediately. You may continue to use the lower thermal oven.

Thanks to Beth M. for letting us know about this recall!

How to replace your smoke detectors

How to replace your smoke detectors

They are at the end of their life if you still have the originals from the builder

Maybe you’ve had a neighbor whose smoke detectors went off for several days. (Note, if that happens, no one will do anything until there is smoke pouring out of the windows). Or maybe one day, your smoke detectors go off for no apparent reason. It could be because they are dirty, or it could be because they are 10 years old, and need to be replaced.

Here is a quick and easy way to do just that.

It turns out the builder grade smoke detectors in our houses (BRK 4102b) aren’t the best things in the world. So what to replace them with? Kiddie i12060 Item # 21009444.

These are available at our Annandale Home Depot (though I just bought them out of all but 3) for about $18. If you buy 6 or more the price drops by about $1.80 each.

Installation is easy because it comes with a wiring adapter for the old BRK units to the new Kiddie models. All you have to do is:

  1. Twist off the oldIMAG0448
  2. Unplug the old
  3. Loosen the screws for the old plate on the ceiling
  4. Twist the old one off the screws.
  5. Twist the new base plate onto the ceiling & tighten the screws
  6. Plug the wiring adapter into the back of the new
  7. Plug the house wiring connector into the new adapter
  8. Twist onto the ceiling

The whole process to replace all 6 of ours took about an hour. It comes with a new battery too.

Since all smoke detectors have a small amount of radioactive material, many people say they need to be recylced in a special way. However, according to Fairfax County, these can be tossed in the trash.

Good luck.


House Paint

House Paint


For the outside of your home, the creamy color of your garage door, and columns if you have them can be repainted with the following paint from Home Depot.

Behr Premium Plus Ultra
Exterior Semi Gloss Enamel
Paint and Primer in One
Start with Ultra Pure White #5850




For the inside of your home, the exact same paint is available from McCormick Paints.


McCormick Paints
Interior Latex Flat Wall Paint
14013 Shell White

Trim (This is an inexact match from Home Depot)

Semi-Gloss White / Tint Base