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It happened. Three emergency calls to the YCCA over the Thanksgiving holiday. Five in 2020 and five in 2019. “Sandy, our garbage disposal is clogged,” is how the phone call starts.

By Sandy Griffis December 2, 2021
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I was told by an HVAC company that we needed to install an ERV ventilation system in our home to maintain good air quality. What is wrong with my air quality and why do we need an ERV system? — Walt and Kathy, Prescott

By Sandy Griffis November 25, 2021
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Oh my gosh — what a week it has been for phone calls — all I can say is CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS and DO NOT BE INTIMITATED!

By Sandy Griffis November 18, 2021
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The Thanksgiving holiday, above all others, brings to my mind so many different thoughts. What is this holiday going to look like? In Thanksgivings past, I so remember the feast, the football, the family, the friends, and our faith.

By Sandy Griffis November 11, 2021
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We have an asphalt driveway that seems to be losing is “luster.” The home is 12 years old, what can we do to put a “new face” on the driveway — we live in Williamson Valley.

By Sandy Griffis November 4, 2021
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Energy efficiency — how many times have we talked about those words? We have discovered along the way and have come to the inescapable conclusion there’s so much more to making homes better than just saving energy.

By Sandy Griffis October 28, 2021
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What type of HVAC air filter should we purchase? How often should we change out filters? We have just relocated to Yavapai County from Idaho, and we did not have a furnace or air conditioner. We visited a local hardware store, to look at filters and there are so many filters to select. Help.

By Sandy Griffis October 21, 2021
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YCCA has been receiving numerous phone calls asking about the amounts of deposits requested in construction and remodeling contracts. While there are no statutes or contractor regulations that deal with deposits, there are several things of which the homeowner should be aware.

By Sandy Griffis October 14, 2021
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Yes, as you start to read my column this morning, between sips of coffee or green tea, I am just saying it out loud, working in the construction industry this past year and one-half has been an endless battle between pleasing the client and facing so many external challenges, and I know I am speaking on behalf of every contractor and supplier on the planet.

By Sandy Griffis October 7, 2021
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Attempting something new this week and have asked Tim and Jackie Santos, owners and interior designers at Prescott Interior Design Group, to join me. Read on as Tim and Jackie help us to better navigate the somewhat daunting task of choosing and using colors in our homes.

By Sandy Griffis September 30, 2021
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As I was cleaning the kitchen floor last weekend, and looking at the grout it made me ask myself a question — what is grout?

By Sandy Griffis September 23, 2021
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We are building a new home in Prescott Valley, and we would like advice on modular cabinets vs. custom kitchen cabinets. — Kathy & Lewis, Prescott Valley

By Sandy Griffis September 16, 2021
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There is an ongoing funny within the industry that when an industry partner calls, I always say “hi how is my favorite landscaper,” or my favorite builder, or my favorite road guy or my favorite painter, etc.

By Sandy Griffis September 9, 2021
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With all the wet weather we have had, just wait until that “white chalky” substance will start to be seen on many of the area’s masonry walls and on homes throughout neighborhoods. So here is a little educational lesson on Efflorescence.

By Sandy Griffis September 2, 2021
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Our column today is all about Did You Know?

By Sandy Griffis August 26, 2021
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This week it is all about WATER! The most important water conservation device is you. Below are some helpful tips — on how easy it is to conserve water.

By Sandy Griffis August 19, 2021
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It is time for new countertops in our home. We have no idea where to start. Looking for advice. — Leah and Ed, Cottonwood, AZ.

By Sandy Griffis August 12, 2021
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Hi YCCA. We just relocated to Yavapai County from Minnesota and need to remodel our home. Finding a contractor is like looking for a needle in a haystack, as they say. What are your thoughts? — Lucy and Ed

By Sandy Griffis August 5, 2021
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The monsoons have brought hundreds of phone calls and, I kid you not – hundreds! I am going to sound like a broken record, let me repeat, and let me refer to what seems like my constant and probably annoying repetition of this statement: Do not start work or hand over any money without an executed and agreed upon contract!

By Sandy Griffis July 29, 2021
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To the readers of my column — thank you for your sweet comments, for your suggestions and sending in your questions and, most of all, being loyal readers.

By Sandy Griffis July 15, 2021
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Friends, it has been a week of laughter, smiles, hugs, and tears. Attending emotional events for two wonderful human beings that contributed so much to our community and are and always will be a legend forever.

By Sandy Griffis July 8, 2021
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Was it a breeze? Was it a gale? Was it a squall? One thing for sure there were gusts of wind!

By Sandy Griffis May 27, 2021
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Not a week goes by that I do not receive calls asking what the square-foot price is to build a home.

By Sandy Griffis December 31, 2020
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Help. Our home is five years old and the cultured marble countertops are turning yellow.

By Sandy Griffis December 3, 2020
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Ask the Contractor: YCCA provides help with just about anything in life
A very polite man walked into my office and said, ‘Hi, can you save my marriage?’

Throughout the years I have received so many precious calls from our citizens such as “Where should I purchase tires?” “How do I get my dog to stop barking?” “I need a seamstress.” “What day do they pick up my trash?” “How thick is a piece of rebar?” (I had to Google the answer to that question for the homeowner) “where is my GFCI located?” “How close can I set my scaffolding to a power line?”

By Sandy Griffis November 26, 2020
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The Thanksgiving holiday above all others brings to my mind so many different thoughts.

By Sandy Griffis November 19, 2020
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We all know construction is up; seeing the construction vehicles on the highways is one sure sign and the other one…calls to my office with the question “is this Blue Stake?” I thought it would be good for a “refresher” column on the process in Arizona called, “Arizona 811.”

By Sandy Griffis October 15, 2020
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This past week there were five phone calls relating to “water hammers.” Read on for Water Hammer 101. A water hammer is a specific plumbing noise, not a generic name for pipe clatter.

By Sandy Griffis October 1, 2020
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A concern about COVID-19 spreading through the air has prompted businesses and homeowners to put portable air purifiers into a room. I have noticed many shops now have portable air filters blowing, and I have even been looking at mini air filters to put in my office.

By Sandy Griffis September 10, 2020
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First and foremost — your phone calls, your adorable emails and surprise visits to the office over these past couple of weeks in response to my columns about my work week exertion, grinding and anything but drudgery made me feel like the most adored girl on the planet.

By Sandy Griffis September 3, 2020
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COVID-19 has brought forward new terms such as social distancing and parkletts. Takeout meals have become popular and Zoom meetings are a way of life.

By Sandy Griffis August 27, 2020
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I had so much fun sharing my week with you last week, I am going to do it again. So here was my week at the 50-foot level: 72 emails, 81 phone calls from community citizens from Prescott to Prescott Valley to Camp Verde, Bench Ranch, Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Chino Valley.

By Sandy Griffis August 20, 2020
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So here was my week: 93 e-mails, 64 phone calls from community citizens from Prescott to Prescott Valley to Camp Verde, American Ranch, Cornville and Black Canyon City, four Zoom meetings, ...

By Sandy Griffis August 13, 2020
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The sweltering, baking, roasting and blistering hot weather sure did bring out the calls for air conditioning (AC) service repairs.

By Sandy Griffis August 6, 2020
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This past week was five days of calls for window condensation. We know that window condensation can be a real pain in the glass!

By Sandy Griffis July 30, 2020
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Sandy: We are looking for new countertops and last week on your radio show, we heard the term ‘ultra compact surfaces. What is the difference between ultra compact surface material and solid surface countertop material? Joy and Ed, Prescott.

By Sandy Griffis May 14, 2020
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