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 23, 2018

Have you put away your summer toys and barbecue yet? We may still have some nice days ahead, so it may be a little early for that, but it is certainly the time to begin all those chores that tighten up your house for the wind and rain of fall and cold of winter.


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 time to take care of those issues.

Lastly, we mentioned that any grass, tree or shrub that is touching th...

September 15, 2018

After a long, dry, gorgeous summer here, this week’s rain brought us back to the reality that fall is on its way.

And as every schoolchild knows, that means falling leaves! Likely you have already noticed them in the streets, your yard and maybe even your gutters!


As we’ve said many a time, you want to have your gutters and downspouts undamaged and clear of debris so that they can capture the rain from your roof and convey it to the ground. But the gutters and downspouts can’t do their job properly when they’re damaged, leaking, missing or blocked with leaves or needles.

While more leaves will be coming soon, grab a sunny moment and check your gutters now, scooping out any debris. You will likely have to do this chore again this fall, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor now, potentially saving you from rainwater running down the side of your home and creating moisture issues.  (Remember safety first and use a ladder stand off to make sure your ladder is more stable.)


September 8, 2018

When should you call 911?

Most people know to call this emergency number when a house is on fire; a violent fight has broken out, and after hearing the crunch of a car crash.

Some people call 911 for the wrong reasons, such as a very minor health issue, a civil dispute or even loneliness. But, many more don’t call when they should, according to local law enforcement.

Protecting your home from burglars has been the topic of our column for the last two weeks. Today we want to extend that idea to being a watchful person and not being shy to call to report suspicious activity.

“It is an ongoing concern that people don’t report on non-emergency types of calls,” said Steve Shumate, the new Aberdeen Police Chief, who worked for many years as the chief criminal deputy at the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office.

“Another problem is that sometimes when people do call to report suspicious activity there is a delay in reporting it,” he said.

Neighbors noting people traveling from door to door without an obvio...

September 1, 2018

Do you want to make your house less attractive to criminals? Today we have a list of tips to help you do just that.

But first, we want to let you know about the possibility of joining a Neighborhood Block Watch Group, which has proven to decrease the crime rate in our area.

Right now there are 10 Neighborhood Block Watch Groups in unincorporated Grays Harbor, with the likelihood that more will be developed. In addition, if Aberdeen’s new police chief has his wish, new groups will be forming within Aberdeen.


In 2013, Steve Shumate, who was then the chief criminal deputy for Grays Harbor County, began the county’s first Neighborhood Block Watch Group at the request of a citizen living on East Hoquiam Road.

“She had been a victim of a burglary on two separate occasions with irreplaceable items that had been stolen and never recovered,” said Shumate, who began his new job as the Aberdeen Police Chief in July.

So Shumate educated himself about Neighborhood Block Watch programs...

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