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.
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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.
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.
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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....
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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.
Not quite taking the market by storm, however, widespread popularity is rapidly gaining.
July stated off with a thump and a whack as they say.
Last week our column discussed defensible space and stressed that protecting your home from wildfire starts with you. Since wildfire is a real and an ever present danger, it is important for our readers to know about Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC).
We had a delightful rain this past weekend, however, with our continued dry conditions and lack of moisture our area still exhibits prime conditions for a fire.
This past week a call came in from a local Realtor who inquired about “popcorn” ceilings.
Each year, the Registrar of Contractors investigates thousands of complaints from consumers against unlicensed entities attempting to perform contracting work.
This week, four calls came in from homeowners receiving Preliminary 20 Day Notices in the mail.
After zipping up and turning out the lights and leaving the building, as they say, after the 40th Annual Yavapai County Contractors’ Association Home and Garden Show this past weekend, I knew exactly where I was going to go with my column.
The 40th Annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show will get underway this weekend at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 North Main St.
We need to replace our wood deck and have been told by two contractors that we should consider composite material.
Gosh, my heart is so proud, and our organization is so honored for the readers and supporters of our column.
Now that low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucets have gone mainstream, one might expect that home water usage would decline each year.
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.”