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Sandy Griffis

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As the economy in Yavapai County recovers from the Great Recession — December 2007 – June 2009, with peak

By Sandy Griffis April 6, 2018
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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.

By Sandy Griffis March 30, 2018
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Ask the Contractor: For floor remodeling, carpet, hardwood or other?
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.

By Sandy Griffis March 23, 2018
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Did you know that one inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof can yield roughly 600 gallons of water?

By Sandy Griffis March 16, 2018
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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.

By Sandy Griffis March 9, 2018
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We “heard through the grape vine” there is a new, environmentally friendly replacement to the traditional stone and pipe drain field.

By Sandy Griffis March 2, 2018
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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.

By Sandy Griffis February 23, 2018
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We did what they say is a “big no no.”

By Sandy Griffis February 9, 2018
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When your outdoor greenery looks sad or unkempt, you may consider employing your own handiwork, a landscaper or “an urban forester,” as Joshua Loveall, an arborist, describes his job.

By Sandy Griffis February 2, 2018
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The thermoplastic hard hat has become a symbol of construction and, over the years, has become a safety requirement on construction job sites.

By Sandy Griffis January 26, 2018
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Our home has carbon monoxide monitors.

By Sandy Griffis January 19, 2018

Here is the email we received this week: Hi, wondering what your recommendation is for maintenance of a water heater.

By Sandy Griffis January 12, 2018
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My wife and I are contemplating purchasing a hillside lot in Prescott for a new home.

By Sandy Griffis January 3, 2018

My wife and I are contemplating purchasing a hillside lot in Prescott for a new home.

By Sandy Griffis December 29, 2017
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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 families and businessmen and women that hold the American dream near and dear.

By Sandy Griffis December 20, 2017

Concerns were abundant and plentiful, as they say with words of wisdom, a few weeks ago on the use of the garbage disposal this holiday season.

By Sandy Griffis December 15, 2017

We just inherited a home from my parents that was built prior to 1970.

By Sandy Griffis December 8, 2017
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The holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends and neighbors.

By Sandy Griffis December 1, 2017

With so many homes built into the hillsides here in Prescott and having a walk space under the house, we have an unfinished area, just dirt with plastic covering the dirt.

By Sandy Griffis November 24, 2017
Ask the Contractor: Many reasons to give thanks this season
Let’s consider our good fortune and choose to be our best selves

This holiday above all others brings to mind different thoughts for all of us.

By Sandy Griffis November 17, 2017

We live and work in the silhouettes and outlines of Yavapai County-sized skyscrapers known as multi-story buildings; we travel through streets lined with homes and local businesses and buildings under construction.

By Sandy Griffis November 17, 2017
Ask The Contractor: Don’t forget to factor in ‘cost-of-doing business’
Materials not the only cost when it comes to hiring someone to do home repairs

A homeowner called last week with a “sharing of information” and wanted to make me aware of a quoted price for work.

By Sandy Griffis November 10, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: Problems with hard water, mechanic’s liens
Dishwasher film and spots likely due to hard water, not mechanical issue

We recently closed on a home and I cannot figure out what is going on with my dishwasher

By Sandy Griffis October 27, 2017
Ask the Contractor: cleaning hacks, leaning tree, money
Cleaning tips, tree trimming, Recovery Fund

My husband likes to cook and spatter the grease on the walls and appliances and countertops surrounding the stove. Do you have any cleaning hacks that might help with quick removal?

By Sandy Griffis October 20, 2017
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Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 through Oct. 14, 2017, is the longest running public health observance.

By Sandy Griffis October 11, 2017
Ask the Contractor: Ceiling fans, exhaust fans both useful
Ceiling fans help cool ­— and heat ­— home more efficiently

Since Philip Diehl’s invention of the first electric ceiling fan in 1882, ceiling fans have evolved to become the most widely used and efficient cooling systems.

By Sandy Griffis October 6, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: Be sure to hire licensed contractors
Homeowners pay the price when they don’t rely on licensed help

Our neighbors recently hired an unlicensed contractor to remodel their bath. Now all I am hearing about are problems and the unlicensed guy wants all of his money and says he is going to sue.

By Sandy Griffis September 29, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: Contract agreements should be clear, detailed
Obtain a change order for every adjustment

This past week I met with two families with contract issues.

By Sandy Griffis September 22, 2017
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We are considering painting the exterior of our home and the painter wants to use a Sherwin-Williams product called Duration.

By Sandy Griffis September 15, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: Beware of roof repair scams
Reputable roofers aren’t usually door-to-door salesmen

We have been subject to three door-to-door salesmen trolling through our neighborhood telling us we have hail damage and they were offering their roofing repair services and offering to call our insurance agent for us.

By Sandy Griffis September 8, 2017

We just moved to Cottonwood from Ohio and are thrilled with the outdoor living.

By Sandy Griffis September 1, 2017
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With the entire world of knowledge just a few mouse-clicks away, it has never been easier than it is right now to learn something new and unexpected every day and I expanded my learning horizon this past week when I had a conversation with a homeowner about removing large boulders from their property without equipment access.

By Sandy Griffis August 25, 2017
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On my 5-mile walks this past 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 August 18, 2017
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With the recent fires and floods that occurred in our county, we have received several insurance questions.

By Sandy Griffis August 11, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: All about stainless steel sinks
Once a stainless steel sink is scratched, it stays scratched, so use protective rubber grids

We have a stainless steel sink and the bottom has been scratched from pots and pans. Are lower gauge stainless sinks harder than higher gauge stainless and can the scratches be removed?

By Sandy Griffis August 4, 2017
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Good morning. Our column last week on knowing where your property pins are, generated quite a few phone calls that uncovered encroachments from fences to garages and even a spa pad.

By Sandy Griffis July 28, 2017

So, you think you know everything there is to know about the legal description of your property.

By Sandy Griffis July 21, 2017
Ask the Contractor: Don’t forget to sign a contract
Written contract is required for all home improvement projects over $1,000

This past week there were three calls from homeowners with issues pertaining to work and guess what? There were no contracts!

By Sandy Griffis July 14, 2017
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With the monsoons approaching, that means standing and pooling water and that means mosquitos.

By Sandy Griffis July 5, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: Porcelain pavers are frost-proof, flexible
They come in various sizes and are easily installed

Our neighbors installed porcelain pavers on their patio and before we “take the leap” could you share additional information on this product.

By Sandy Griffis June 30, 2017
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I have heard there is a brand of Quartz countertop material called Quantra and supposedly this brand of quartz is Food Zone Certified where other companies that manufacture quartz materials are not Food Zone Certified. Are you aware of this?

By Sandy Griffis June 23, 2017

According to WIKIPEDIA, the monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.

By Sandy Griffis June 16, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: You’ve got paint questions? We’ve got answers
Cleaning walls, peeling paint, chain-link fence fix and more

Our column last week on paintbrushes drew a “million” questions on other paint topics. Well maybe not quite a million, but would you believe a gazillion or a truckload? OK, a few. Here they are:

By Sandy Griffis June 9, 2017
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Ask the Contractor: A brush is not always a brush
Paint brushes come in a variety of types, sizes

We (my husband) is going to attempt a DIY project — painting the kitchen and living room of our home.

By Sandy Griffis June 2, 2017
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After zipping up and turning out the lights and leaving the building on the 39th annual YCCA Home and Garden Show this past weekend, I knew exactly where I was going to go with our column.

By Sandy Griffis May 24, 2017

We just purchased a home and the windows are not in the best shape.

By Sandy Griffis May 19, 2017
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We are in the process of doing some upgrades in our home, and curious as to the return on investment for outdoor projects.

By Sandy Griffis May 17, 2017
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The 39th annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show is COMING SOON, May 19-21 at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

By Sandy Griffis May 12, 2017
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We are building a new home in Prescott and I say, “custom cabinets,” and my husband says, “prefab cabinets.”

By Sandy Griffis May 10, 2017