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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: 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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Ask the Contractor: Random acts of kindness

The article in The Daily Courier on July 24, “A movement to end homelessness in Prescott,” made me realize that we are a movement of people creating events and random acts of kindness to spread hope, love, compassion and light.

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Ask the Contractor: Granite reigns for kitchen countertops

We are remodeling our kitchen and new countertops are planned. Of course, there is a little conflict between my husband and myself — he wants granite and I am thinking quartz. Sandy, help us make up our mind! Tom and Sheila, Prescott.

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Ask the Contractor: Insurance - replacement cost vs. market value

This past week several calls rang in from homeowners wanting to know what the cost per square foot is to rebuild.

Ask the Contractor: Mini-split heating, a/c growing in popularity

Not quite taking the market by storm, however, widespread popularity is rapidly gaining.

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Ask the Contractor: Pick paint carefully; each finish has purpose

July stated off with a thump and a whack as they say.

Ask the Contractor: Backbone to being ‘firewise’ is PAWUIC

Last week our column discussed defensible space and stressed that protecting your home from wildfire starts with you. Since wildfire is a real and an ever present danger, it is important for our readers to know about Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC).

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Ask the Contractor: Protect against wildfire, be Firewise

We had a delightful rain this past weekend, however, with our continued dry conditions and lack of moisture our area still exhibits prime conditions for a fire.

Ask the Contractor: Asbestos ceilings? Who you gonna call?

This past week a call came in from a local Realtor who inquired about “popcorn” ceilings.

Ask the Contractor: It’s important: Hire licensed contractors

Each year, the Registrar of Contractors investigates thousands of complaints from consumers against unlicensed entities attempting to perform contracting work.

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