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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With the ongoing fire recovery work from the devastating inferno of the Armory Building in Aberdeen as a backdrop, we want to talk again this week about how you can protect your life from fire.

As ancient as the world, fire has been around before civilization began. It will always be with us. While sometimes we have the illusion we have controlled it, it just takes one small unsuspected blaze to have that illusion go up in smoke!

So, better to be prepared to prevent fire, stop it early and also have a plan to fireproof your life. That way, if fire affects your home or business, you can control to some extent how disruptive it is to your life.


In talking with Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard this week, he cited the leadership at Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP), which was housed in the Armory building, as expertly having prepared for a loss.

“CCAP is an example of an organization that had a good plan for smooth continuity of operations,” he said. “We were able to...

We – like many of you who love our community – are still reeling from last weekend’s devastating fire that destroyed the Armory Building in Aberdeen.

In addition, to the top-notch Aberdeen Museum and the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society Research Library, the classic old building housed the Coastal Community Action Program – the largest social service agency in the county – as well as the Aberdeen Senior Center – where seniors gather and where the Meals on Wheels program produced its meals.

The loss is tremendous. However, with the typical Grays Harbor “helping your neighbor,” attitude emerging immediately, it is a toss-up between how much pain and loss we are experiencing as a community and how much heart-warming encouragement and hope we find as we see the compassion, generosity and hard work demonstrated by firefighters, other professionals, leaders and volunteers.

It’s amazing that Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) is already up and running after being offered the nearby former...

Decks in our coastal climate need frequent attention and care.

A few weeks ago we talked about the importance of deck safety – ensuring that your deck is securely fastened to the house and that the top deck boards, wooden beams and posts are still solid and sound.

A local building official or contractor can help you determine if yours needs repair or replacement. (Go to the NeighborWorks website at to see our May 19 column on deck safety for more information.)

Once you are certain your deck is secure to hold family and friends for upcoming festivities from graduation parties to Father’s Day to the 4th of July celebrations, your focus can change to improving your deck’s appearance.

Whether it is built from pressure-treated wood or some sort of Trex–like manufactured materials, it will likely need some attention annually to look its best and last for a long time.


For those who opened their pocketbooks a little wider when building or replacing their deck and purchased...

The real estate market is heating up here on the Harbor. As we mentioned in last week’s column, Grays Harbor County was the second of the 15 Western Washington counties by percentage increase of homes sold in the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the first quarter of 2017. Yes, we’re up 7.7 percent in sales from January through March as compared to last year!

We were also ranked the first in price increases for the average sale price – up 27.5 percent from a year before.

Of course if you are looking to buy a house, that price increase likely won’t thrill you. However, if you look around at all, you’ll realize that you can get a lot more house in Grays Harbor County for your dollar than you can just about anywhere else. Besides, the relatively low interest rates still make it a great time to buy or sell a house.

So, all that talk about buying houses, may just have you considering whether you want to look for a house to purchase on the Harbor this summer.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself wit...

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