Why are our windows forming condensation, most always in the bathroom? Lucy and Paul, Prescott
The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room
In all of the years that I’ve been writing ‘Ask the Contractor’ and answering questions from our community, never have I received a question about painting ceilings.
As the economy in Yavapai County recovers from the Great Recession — December 2007 – June 2009, with peak
We just purchased our first new home, and we are a bit concerned over the operation of our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system.
Hardwood flooring is the top request of homebuyers and renters when looking for a home
We are remodeling our home. I want carpet; my husband wants wood.
Did you know that one inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof can yield roughly 600 gallons of water?
We are new to Prescott and “something” is eating our shrubs. We have never been faced with a plant-eating culprit and need some help.
Ask the Contractor: New technology for septic tank drain fields, old timey remedy for hard water stains
We “heard through the grape vine” there is a new, environmentally friendly replacement to the traditional stone and pipe drain field.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me repeat — and even refer to my earlier, annoying repetition of this statement: Do not start work or hand over any money without an executed contract.
Have we time-warped into spring?
We did what they say is a “big no no.”
When your outdoor greenery looks sad or unkempt, you may consider employing your own handiwork, a landscaper or “an urban forester,” as Joshua Loveall, an arborist, describes his job.
The thermoplastic hard hat has become a symbol of construction and, over the years, has become a safety requirement on construction job sites.
Our home has carbon monoxide monitors.
Here is the email we received this week: Hi, wondering what your recommendation is for maintenance of a water heater.
My wife and I are contemplating purchasing a hillside lot in Prescott for a new home.
While I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, I also realize that it has been an extremely tough year for many Americans, and our own community families and businessmen and women that hold the American dream near and dear.
Concerns were abundant and plentiful, as they say with words of wisdom, a few weeks ago on the use of the garbage disposal this holiday season.
We just inherited a home from my parents that was built prior to 1970.
The holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends and neighbors.
With so many homes built into the hillsides here in Prescott and having a walk space under the house, we have an unfinished area, just dirt with plastic covering the dirt.
Let’s consider our good fortune and choose to be our best selves
This holiday above all others brings to mind different thoughts for all of us.
We live and work in the silhouettes and outlines of Yavapai County-sized skyscrapers known as multi-story buildings; we travel through streets lined with homes and local businesses and buildings under construction.
Materials not the only cost when it comes to hiring someone to do home repairs
A homeowner called last week with a “sharing of information” and wanted to make me aware of a quoted price for work.
Dishwasher film and spots likely due to hard water, not mechanical issue
We recently closed on a home and I cannot figure out what is going on with my dishwasher
Cleaning tips, tree trimming, Recovery Fund
My husband likes to cook and spatter the grease on the walls and appliances and countertops surrounding the stove. Do you have any cleaning hacks that might help with quick removal?
Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 through Oct. 14, 2017, is the longest running public health observance.
Ceiling fans help cool — and heat — home more efficiently
Since Philip Diehl’s invention of the first electric ceiling fan in 1882, ceiling fans have evolved to become the most widely used and efficient cooling systems.
Homeowners pay the price when they don’t rely on licensed help
Our neighbors recently hired an unlicensed contractor to remodel their bath. Now all I am hearing about are problems and the unlicensed guy wants all of his money and says he is going to sue.
Obtain a change order for every adjustment
This past week I met with two families with contract issues.
We are considering painting the exterior of our home and the painter wants to use a Sherwin-Williams product called Duration.
Reputable roofers aren’t usually door-to-door salesmen
We have been subject to three door-to-door salesmen trolling through our neighborhood telling us we have hail damage and they were offering their roofing repair services and offering to call our insurance agent for us.
We just moved to Cottonwood from Ohio and are thrilled with the outdoor living.
With the entire world of knowledge just a few mouse-clicks away, it has never been easier than it is right now to learn something new and unexpected every day and I expanded my learning horizon this past week when I had a conversation with a homeowner about removing large boulders from their property without equipment access.
On my 5-mile walks this past weekend I noticed the “littles” are jumping around and believe me, it never is good to see young, tiny grasshoppers hatching and jumping around.
With the recent fires and floods that occurred in our county, we have received several insurance questions.
Once a stainless steel sink is scratched, it stays scratched, so use protective rubber grids
We have a stainless steel sink and the bottom has been scratched from pots and pans. Are lower gauge stainless sinks harder than higher gauge stainless and can the scratches be removed?
Good morning. Our column last week on knowing where your property pins are, generated quite a few phone calls that uncovered encroachments from fences to garages and even a spa pad.
So, you think you know everything there is to know about the legal description of your property.
Written contract is required for all home improvement projects over $1,000
This past week there were three calls from homeowners with issues pertaining to work and guess what? There were no contracts!
With the monsoons approaching, that means standing and pooling water and that means mosquitos.
They come in various sizes and are easily installed
Our neighbors installed porcelain pavers on their patio and before we “take the leap” could you share additional information on this product.
I have heard there is a brand of Quartz countertop material called Quantra and supposedly this brand of quartz is Food Zone Certified where other companies that manufacture quartz materials are not Food Zone Certified. Are you aware of this?
Season begins in mid-June
According to WIKIPEDIA, the monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.
Cleaning walls, peeling paint, chain-link fence fix and more
Our column last week on paintbrushes drew a “million” questions on other paint topics. Well maybe not quite a million, but would you believe a gazillion or a truckload? OK, a few. Here they are:
Paint brushes come in a variety of types, sizes
We (my husband) is going to attempt a DIY project — painting the kitchen and living room of our home.
After zipping up and turning out the lights and leaving the building on the 39th annual YCCA Home and Garden Show this past weekend, I knew exactly where I was going to go with our column.
We just purchased a home and the windows are not in the best shape.
The 39th annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show is COMING SOON, May 19-21 at the Prescott Valley Event Center.
Verify your contractor has a license
We are in the process of doing some upgrades in our home, and curious as to the return on investment for outdoor projects.