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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September 30, 2017

Most of us don’t think about being prepared for an emergency until after it happens. But with all the natural disasters – and long recovery from natural disasters – occurring now in our hemisphere, it’s a good time to consider what we should do to become prepared.

We here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor are dedicated not only to quality, affordable housing but also to home safety for all residents of Grays Harbor, so we thought we’d talk some more about disaster preparedness.

 Of course, you can never be totally prepared for absolutely every possible kind of disaster, but that shouldn’t stop you from putting together an emergency or disaster preparedness kit that could make a difference between life and death – or at the very least provide comfort and care – in the event of a disaster.

If you don’t feel up to the task of gathering the supplies yourself, go online and you’ll find a variety of disaster kits ranging from $30 to $700 plus! 

Whether you do it yours...

September 23, 2017

Last week we talked about home maintenance and repair items for the end of summer. We still have a few more suggestions for you – and the good news is there are certainly at least a few sunny days ahead!

You’ll be able to rest just a little easier watching the Seahawks in your recliner knowing that the end-of-summer chores are complete!


If you happened to miss last week’s column it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for last week’s to do list! 

So we’ll review those points before we move on. 

We mentioned once again how a good paint job is important for your house’s siding and keeping the water, mold and mildew out! Also, we reiterated that even if you don’t paint your house this year, a scrub with 30 Second cleaner and a good rinse will get the grime off and actually help your current paint job last.

If you don’t have gutter guards to keep out debris or your gutters themselves need to be secured tightly to your house, this is also a great...

September 16, 2017

The wildfires throughout the Pacific Northwest have burned thousands of acres and filled the air with ash. Meanwhile Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma are leaving devastation in their wake throughout our country’s Gulf Coast. Then our neighbor to the south, Mexico, was slammed with a major earthquake. 

People killed and injured. Homes, businesses, infrastructure, communities and entire industries have been adversely affected by the weather.

Not only do we offer our help and prayers for those currently in need, it’s also a good time to prepare ourselves for possible disaster.

After a record-breaking wet spring and a  long, atypically hot, gorgeous summer here, who knows what kind of weather we might experience this fall and winter. And, remember, earthquakes don’t need weird weather to make their appearance.  

So, in the next two weeks we will be giving some of our tips and pointers of what to do not only as “regular” maintenance and buttoning up your house for the com...

 As demands increase and the average age of workers climbs, the need for well-trained employees in the building trades is great.

Last week we talked about Grays Harbor College’s popular and successful carpentry program. Today, we’re taking a step back to take a look at the training available here on the Harbor for high school students.

Our local expert on that is Lynn Green. Not only is she the director of Career and Technical Education for the Aberdeen School District, she also heads up the Twin Harbors branch of the New Market Skill Center, hosted by the Aberdeen School District.

At any given time nearly three-quarters of the AHS students are enrolled in some sort of technical or career course, she said.

“My job is to help staff make opportunities for students to explore, to discover what it is they really enjoy, and frankly, what they don’t. It’s important that they know there are a lot of options for their education and none is necessarily lesser than another,” sa...

Calling future building tradespeople!

We have some great building tradesmen in Grays Harbor – carpenters, electricians, welders, roofers, glaziers, masons, plumbers, etc.!

However, we could use some more! While it’s not desperate yet, the average age of those workers in the building trades in our state and nation is above that of other workers. Add that to the fact that the need for those trades is on the rise and expected to continue to rise, and we are likely looking at a shortage of skilled tradesmen in the next few years.

With it being back to school time around Grays Harbor, we thought we’d discuss today the opportunities and benefits of pursuing training in the trades.


 With our work here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, we interact all the time with people from a variety of building trades. So we can say with authority, that we have some quality workers in this county!

However, we can also see that in some of those fields, the work force is de...

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