NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."


 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.



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 Have you ever wondered if solar power could be a viable power source here?

Believe it or not, several area homes have successfully harnessed solar energy and you have the opportunity soon to see for yourself how solar panels work in Grays Harbor.

Come to the Solar Home Tour & Energy Fair next Saturday, Aug. 26, in Aberdeen to get some of your questions answered and for an opportunity to tour four solar-powered homes.

We here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor are one of the sponsors of this first-time event that will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gateway Center lot, which is right next to the Tesla charging station at the corner of East Wishkah St. and F Street in Aberdeen.

Spear-headed by Liz Ellis, who has also successfully organized the Randall Street Garden, this free event will feature a variety of information about solar energy.

Owner of Harbor Solar, a company that advocates for more solar energy in the county, Liz neither sells nor installs solar panels. “I...

 It’s Grays Harbor County Fair time!

Although it started on Wednesday, you still have time today and tomorrow to spend a day at the fair in Elma!

You may wonder why we at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor -- the folks who specialize in no-cost HUD housing counseling, first mortgage and home repair loans– decided to talk about ribbons, rides, pigs and pies! 

Well, the Grays Harbor County Fair is the biggest event staged at our county fairgrounds. In addition to being a lot of fun, it boosts our economy, gives an opportunity for 4H’ers to show their projects, photographers and quilters to show their arts and crafts, Master Gardners to show their fabulous garden and for businesses to show their wares. It also provides a happy place to connect with our neighbors, friends and brings tourists to our community.

In fact, Mike Bruner, the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds and Tourism Manager, said an estimated 25 to 35 percent of those who attend come from outside of the coun...

Summer is a great time for outside projects. Are you planning to put up a new shed, fence or garage or even just install a mailbox or dig a hole to plant a new tree or shrub? 

Don’t get your shovel out quite yet!

You may need to call 811 before you dig.

While your property is, well, your property, you may be surprised at what is underneath the ground – and where it is.

Water, sewer, gas, oil, cable, TV, telephone, and electricity are among the utilities that may be underground on your property. None of which you want to disturb!

We find it apropos that the designated phone number for this is 811. That’s because if you call 811 before you dig, you will not likely have to call 911 after you dig to report that someone’s been hurt when striking a gas pipe or electrical line.

It’s truly a system to prevent emergencies from happening – both to people and to property.  

The state law (which was revised in 2013) says you must call 811 at least two business days befo...

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