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Sat, April 20

Ask the contractor: Eco-safe answer for driveway erosion is simple

This week I received a call from a homeowner who lives in the Verde. He was inquiring about another type of driveway surface other than asphalt, concrete, pavers, gravel. He has a dirt driveway that has become a burden due to erosion, the side ditches are eroding and undermining the driving surface. Their goal is to have a stronger and firmer driving surface. We had a similar question over a year ago and will bring that item to the forefront of the information highway.

There is a great product on the market that is currently being applied to many applications here in the area. TJ Rickett's of Ricketts Landscaping is the local representative and is very knowledgeable about this up-and-coming, VOC-free and EPA-compliant product known as G3Commerical Surface, manufactured by TechniSoil.

This product is eco-friendly, safe for use around animals and plants, helps control dust, weeds and erosion and is relatively low-maintenance. G3 Commercial Surface is a commercial-grade stabilizer that bonds crushed aggregate for use with walk-ways, patios, light RV storage areas and driveways. This product lends efficiency and innovation to natural surfacing technology. G3 Pathway Stabilizer is also a simple solution for enhancing landscapes with custom pathways and patio areas. The product when applied forms aesthetic natural surfaces for your yard. TechniSoil also makes a 2-in-1 joint stabilizer and sealer that is good for pavers, bricks, flagstone and natural stone, which helps protect and helps maintain the natural beauty of most paving surfaces.

You will be able to meet TJ and see samples of this terrific product at the 37th annual YCCA Home & Garden Show, May 15-17, 2015, at the Prescott Valley Event Center. If you can't wait until then, give TJ a call and I know he would be happy to come out and survey your surface situation.

Q: Having recently purchased a home, our to-do-list included new cabinets. However, after obtaining prices for new cabinets, we are thinking about refacing our existing kitchen cabinets. Is this a smart decision? Lou and Sally, Chino Valley.

A: Kitchen cabinet refacing is more cost effective and will take less time than a full cabinet remodel. What happens first? The existing doors and drawer fronts are removed. The exposed frames are then covered with a thin veneer of laminate or in some cases real wood. The doors and drawer fronts are replaced, you select the door color, style and wood species, which will match or complement the new veneer covering.

There is a wide range of veneer colors, patterns, grains available from the cabinet companies. The real wood veneers also have a wide array of wood species to select from and stain colors. Wood veneers are more costly than the laminate coverings. You can further customize the refacing with new hinges, knobs, drawer pulls and molding, depending on the new design you have selected. Just like that your tired kitchen will have a fresh up-to-date look. Refaced cabinets look like new because the entire shell is new.

The pros to cabinet refacing are that it will take less time and money than replacing the cabinets. You do not have the annoyance, disturbance and stress of tearing out cabinets and your kitchen will be in full operation. It normally takes a few weeks for the new doors to be ordered and then approximately a week to install and finish the veneer installation. There is preparation required for the veneer installation such as lightly sanding the surface and possible washing down the cabinets to remove and grease buildup.

The con with cabinet refacing is that you won't be able to go out to dinner as much because the kitchen is still very much operational.

It is important to know if your cabinet boxes are in good shape and the cabinet contractor/professional installer can come to your home and determine the condition of the cabinet boxes. If the existing cabinets are beginning to fall apart or were not built well to begin with or the cabinets are out of level, refacing should not be considered. It is also important to know that refacing cannot address the issue of a poor kitchen layout.

If you are refacing, this is a perfect time to replace your drawers and cabinets with pull-out glides and updated storage racks on rollers or add that new corner cabinet or lazy Suzan that you have always wanted or pull-out trash bins, flip-out drawer fronts, pull-out shelves and other accessories.

Remember to tune in to YCCA's Hammer Time twice each weekend Saturday and Sunday morning 7 a.m. on KQNA 1130 am/99.9 FM or the web at Listen to Sandy and Mike talk about the construction industry and meet your local community partners.


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