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Sandy Griffis

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The tree buds have popped, the grass is greening, the bulbs are springing up, the air is fresh, and the rejuvenation, renewal and regrowth of our plants and flowers and the hills are alive.

By Sandy Griffis June 20, 2019

Do you have a C.L.U.E? We all know about credit reports, but are you aware that you also have a C.L.U.E insurance report?

By Sandy Griffis June 13, 2019

The monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, according to Wikipedia.

By Sandy Griffis June 6, 2019
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If I said “galvanized steel cages filled with rocks,” what word would you think of? Of course it would be “gabions.”

By Sandy Griffis May 30, 2019

This past week, three calls came in with questions on lightning protection, and with our monsoons 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.

By Sandy Griffis May 23, 2019
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The 41st annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show is this weekend — May 17-19, 2019, at the Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott Valley.

By Sandy Griffis May 14, 2019

The holidays are not even upon us yet, and this was the call that came in this week: “Sandy, my husband thinks it is OK to just push every type of food item known to man into the garbage disposal; we are having ‘grinding’ discussions over this — please help.” — Susie and Ted, Prescott

By San May 8, 2019

It is spring and time to de-clutter and sparkle. I love cleaning “hacks” and thought I would share some with you that I have tried and use regularly.

By Sandy Griffis May 2, 2019
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Metal has the potential to rust, but you won’t find any rotting like there is commonly found in wood...

By Sandy Griffis April 25, 2019
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My husband says he feels cold air blowing in through the vents and experiences “cold spots” in our home and he knows this is an invisible problem, he can feel it but does not know what to do.

By Sandy Griffis April 18, 2019

Now that winter has left us and spring has sprung, YCCA wants to urge you to beware of door-to-door salesmen offering unbelievably low-cost quotes for items such as driveway repairs and resurfacing opportunities, painting opportunities with left-over product and even over-runs of pavers and home alarm companies.

By Sandy Griffis April 11, 2019
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We started a remodeling project, and last week we already received a lien notice in the mail.

By Sandy Griffis April 4, 2019

Making a quick stop at a local grocery store the other evening to purchase eggs because I wanted breakfast for dinner, I made my way to the check-out area via the ice cream isle.

By Sandy Griffis March 28, 2019
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“It’s not easy bein’ weed-free” and with our wet winter, weed-free will hardly be the case.

By Sandy Griffis March 21, 2019

At least once or twice a month I receive calls concerning a “jack hammer” noise occurring inside the walls of a house, and the homeowners want to know what is going on.

By Sandy Griffis March 14, 2019

Our recent winter storms brought picturesque scenes and a chance to play in the snow, and I am sure many friends enjoyed sitting around a warm fireplace.

By Sandy Griffis March 6, 2019
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Our recent snowfall gripped our area with bone chilling cold and snow, so much snow.

By Sandy Griffis February 28, 2019
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We are contemplating installing pavers for our driveway and are a little nervous about the installation process, the disruption of travel in and out of the garage, and hope that you have some YCCA’s helpful hints. — Lewis and Margaret, Prescott.

By Sandy Griffis February 21, 2019

As Kermit the Frog would say “It’s not easy bein’ green; it seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.”

By Sandy Griffis February 14, 2019

Wow, I had no idea our column last week on owner-supplied materials would cause a rash of emails, phone calls and thumbs-up.

By Sandy Griffis February 7, 2019
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We are receiving a “rash” of phone calls lately from homeowners who have purchased materials/products and are calling for a referrals of contractors to perform installation of the material and/or products.

By Sandy Griffis January 31, 2019

This week was full of contract issues from homeowners.

By Sandy Griffis January 24, 2019
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Twenty-eight fabulous young adults exited the first week of the YCCA Job Readiness Boot Camp with smiles and high-fives, and I left the building with a glorious smile in my heart.

By Sandy Griffis January 17, 2019
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Excitement, anticipation, thrill, all of these feelings and more when YCCA opened the doors to our Job Workforce Bootcamp on Monday, Jan. 7.

By Sandy Griffis January 10, 2019

Happy New Year! It is never too late. Every day, people pass up opportunities to make a difference in our community.

By Sandy Griffis January 3, 2019
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At least three to four times a month I receive calls from homeowners asking for the number to verify utility lines on their property.

By Sandy Griffis December 27, 2018

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 of families and friends.

By Sandy Griffis December 20, 2018
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As a trusted resource for our local contractors, tradesmen and citizens in our communities, I often receive phone calls and/or emails from business owners unrelated to the trades or construction and more directed to business operation and management.

By Sandy Griffis December 13, 2018

This past week there were three phone calls relating to “water hammers” and three phone calls asking about how to replace broken garage door windows. Let’s talk water hammers first.

By Sandy Griffis December 6, 2018
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There have been several calls over the past month from homeowners inquiring about various remodeling components to improve their home.

By Sandy Griffis November 29, 2018

This last weekend, our guest on “Hammer Time” (YCCA’s talk show on KQNA) was the delightful Christy Board, our area’s Certified Bath and Kitchen Designer.

By Sandy Griffis November 27, 2018
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The Thanksgiving holiday, above all others, brings to my mind so many different thoughts.

By Sandy Griffis November 15, 2018
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Last week we received a call from a homeowner who was interested in installing a heated driveway.

By Sandy Griffis November 8, 2018
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Contracting without a license can have a variety of negative consequences for the person or persons who engage in it.

By Sandy Griffis November 1, 2018

We are approaching our winter weather, and from experience our weather can take a toll on more than just our cars and our attitudes. Concrete walks, driveway, steps all take a pounding from the elements and the deicing chemicals that we apply.

By Sandy Griffis October 25, 2018
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We recently moved to Yavapai County from Maine and are not sure what to expect for winter preparation here in the “desert.”

By Sandy Griffis October 18, 2018

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

By Sandy Griffis October 10, 2018
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Not a week goes by when I do not receive calls from contractors near and far looking for employees.

By Sandy Griffis October 4, 2018
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You know I love construction and the industry. This column has to do with building heart, soul, determination, endurance and girl grit.

By Sandy Griffis September 27, 2018
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We recently purchased a lot in unincorporated Yavapai County and will be installing a septic system.

By Sandy Griffis September 20, 2018
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We just bought a lovely home; however, it has been badly neglected with yard care, maintenance and upkeep....

By Sandy Griffis September 13, 2018

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.

By Sandy Griffis September 6, 2018

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.

By Sandy Griffis August 30, 2018
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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.

By Sandy Griffis August 23, 2018

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:

By Sandy Griffis August 16, 2018
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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.

By Sandy Griffis August 9, 2018
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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.

By Sandy Griffis August 2, 2018
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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.

By Sandy Griffis July 31, 2018
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This past week several calls rang in from homeowners wanting to know what the cost per square foot is to rebuild.

By Sandy Griffis July 24, 2018

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

By Sandy Griffis July 13, 2018