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Sandy Griffis

Sandy Griffis is the Executive Director of Yavapai County Contractors Association. For more information visit:

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Ask the Contractor: Universal Design fits everyone’s needs

We were out the other evening and heard the term universal design being discussed at a table.

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Ask the Contractor: Worker shortage makes patience important

Not a week goes by when I do not receive calls from contractors near and far looking for employees.

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Ask The Contractor: Into the canyon and back: A survivor’s tale

You know I love construction and the industry. This column has to do with building heart, soul, determination, endurance and girl grit.

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Ask the Contractor: Educating yourself on septic systems

We recently purchased a lot in unincorporated Yavapai County and will be installing a septic system.

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Ask the Contractor: Trees benefit from pruning, but do it right

We just bought a lovely home; however, it has been badly neglected with yard care, maintenance and upkeep....

Little grasshoppers can become big problem

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There are back! On my 5-mile walks over this past Labor Day weekend, I noticed the “littles” are jumping around, and believe me it never is good to see young, tiny grasshoppers hatching and jumping around.

Ask the Contractor: YCCA shows commitment, pride in community

A glimpse in the rearview mirror may look distant to some and unfamiliar to others, but the dusty dirt road from 1961’s Home Builders Association as it morphed into the YCCA of today remains compacted with years of industry pride, commitment, collaboration and a modern sheen, paved with the sweat of four generations.

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Ask the Contractor: Protecting your electronics during monsoon season

With our monsoon season upon us and the dissipation of lightning, surge protection has become a much more complex and important issue because the value of electronic equipment in a typical home has increased enormously.

Ask the Contractor: Construction or remodel? Get it in writing!

Seriously, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me repeat and let me refer to what I am sure seems to you my constant and annoying repetition of this particular statement:

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Ask the Contractor: Leathered granite is the future of kitchen countertops

Last week I made a delivery to a local countertop/cabinet businesses and in walking through the showroom, I ran my hand across a full-size kitchen island countertop displayed in a vignette and immediately said to the owner, “Oh, my gosh, what type of material is this?” I was told it was granite. I said, “Granite?” with disbelief and skepticism.

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