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.
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?
The monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, according to Wikipedia.
If I said “galvanized steel cages filled with rocks,” what word would you think of? Of course it would be “gabions.”
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.
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.
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
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.
Metal has the potential to rust, but you won’t find any rotting like there is commonly found in wood...
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.
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.
We started a remodeling project, and last week we already received a lien notice in the mail.
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.
“It’s not easy bein’ weed-free” and with our wet winter, weed-free will hardly be the case.
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.
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.
Our recent snowfall gripped our area with bone chilling cold and snow, so much snow.
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.
As Kermit the Frog would say “It’s not easy bein’ green; it seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.”
Wow, I had no idea our column last week on owner-supplied materials would cause a rash of emails, phone calls and thumbs-up.
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.
This week was full of contract issues from homeowners.
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.
Excitement, anticipation, thrill, all of these feelings and more when YCCA opened the doors to our Job Workforce Bootcamp on Monday, Jan. 7.
Happy New Year! It is never too late. Every day, people pass up opportunities to make a difference in our community.
At least three to four times a month I receive calls from homeowners asking for the number to verify utility lines on their property.
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.
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.
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.
There have been several calls over the past month from homeowners inquiring about various remodeling components to improve their home.
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.
The Thanksgiving holiday, above all others, brings to my mind so many different thoughts.
Last week we received a call from a homeowner who was interested in installing a heated driveway.
Contracting without a license can have a variety of negative consequences for the person or persons who engage in it.
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.
We recently moved to Yavapai County from Maine and are not sure what to expect for winter preparation here in the “desert.”
We were out the other evening and heard the term universal design being discussed at a table.
Not a week goes by when I do not receive calls from contractors near and far looking for employees.
You know I love construction and the industry. This column has to do with building heart, soul, determination, endurance and girl grit.
We recently purchased a lot in unincorporated Yavapai County and will be installing a septic system.
We just bought a lovely home; however, it has been badly neglected with yard care, maintenance and upkeep....
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This past week several calls rang in from homeowners wanting to know what the cost per square foot is to rebuild.