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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Most folks aren’t thrilled at the prospect of painting their house. But typically it’s the tedious prep work before painting that is the most dreaded chore.

Monotonous as it is, properly preparing your house for paint is critical to the look and longevity of your paint job.

We mentioned last week that most houses in this climate need to be painted about every five to nine years. When was the last time you took a good look at your paint job?

Remember, a good scrub, may be all some houses need to be spruced up! But, if the paint is peeling or cracking, it’s time to gather your gear and tackle the prep work before painting your house.

Or, gather up our gear. Yep, you heard that right. We have paint prep equipment available for loan free of charge, no power washer though.

We believe that having well-painted, well protected houses, helps our community in several ways. So, if you’d like to borrow some equipment – such as scrapers, putty knives, wire brushes, caulk guns, two gallon pump sprayers f...

Would you like to borrow some tools to help you wash or paint your house in this perfect summer weather? Do we have a deal for you!

Thanks to a generous donation by COSMO Manufacturing in Cosmopolis, we have plenty of equipment we loan out for free. All we require is a modest deposit, which is returned when the tools are.

So, if you are planning to wash or paint your house and would like to borrow our pump sprayers and long-handled brushes for the job, give us a call. We also have tools such as rollers and roller racks, caulk guns, putty knives, scrapers, wire brushes, drop clothes, buckets and ladder stand-off attachments for safety.

In this climate, most houses need to be painted every five to seven years, especially on the south and west faces. Those homes near the salty beaches typically need more care and painting more frequently than those inland. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a good paint job not only approves the appearance of your home and your neighborhood, it al...

The last few weeks we’ve been discussing home fire safety. This week we will talk about how to protect you and your home from wildfire.

Here in Grays Harbor we don’t tend to think our land, and particularly our homes, are at risk of wildfire. But as the number of wildfires west of the Olympics continue to increase, that perception needs to change for safety’s sake.

To learn more about the increasing danger and one local fire district’s plan to combat it, we talked with Fire Chief Leonard Johnson of the Grays Harbor Fire District 2. The district includes the Central Park, Brady and Wynoochee fire stations and responds to fires in a 152-square-mile area from Central Park east to the Satsop River, and north to the Jefferson County line (excluding the City of Montesano).

“When you look at the fire statistics, the wildfire impact to the residents here continues to become a larger and larger problem because of the wildland, urban interface,” Chief Johnson explained.

“We are building homes inside...

After the blazing 4th of July celebration, we are still thinking about fire home safety. 

While we have talked these last few weeks about many different aspects of keeping you fire-safe in your home, there is still more to say!

Today, with the help of Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard, we will be talking about how to handle grease fires.  


Most cooking mistakes don’t turn into dangerous disasters. However, the exception can be grease fires.

Do you know what to do if your cooking oil catches fire?

“A grease fire happens when your cooking oil becomes too hot. When heated, oils will first start to boil, then they’ll start smoking, and then they will catch on fire,” Chief Hubbard explained.

While most vegetables oils have a smoking point about 450 degrees, animal fats such as lard will start smoking about 375 degrees.

 “Just like any kind of fire the best thing is to concentrate on prevention,” Hubbard said.

So, whenever you heat oil for pan-frying or deep-fat frying stay in t...

You know that summer is truly here when the 4th of July is right around the corner. That’s right, next Wednesday we will be celebrating our country’s independence!

We thought this would be a good time to review some safety concerns – for you and your home – during the summer months.

Recently we sat down with Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard to talk about fire prevention. Last week we gave you some tips about electrical issues that can present fire concerns.

Today our focus will be on summer hazards, as well as general prevention.


In the Aberdeen City limits, sales of fireworks are allowed beginning July 1. However it is only lawful to ignite fireworks in Aberdeen from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.  And, that is only the lawful, common fireworks sold in the stands, said Chief Hubbard.

The legal hours for setting off fireworks vary in each jurisdiction, so make sure to know what they are where you live.

What doesn’t vary is the potential risk for fireworks to cause damag...

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