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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April 30, 2019

Do you dig gardening? Perhaps your spring and summer “To Do” list includes installing a fence or building a shed. As you begin to put together those projects lists, pause just a moment to consider if any of your tasks include digging.

Whether you are considering something big like building a new deck or patio or constructing a new garage or shed, or smaller projects like installing a mailbox, fixing a fence or even just digging a hole to plant a tree or transplant a shrub, it’s possible you are required to call 811, the CALL BEFORE YOU DIG service.

Not only is it the prudent thing to do – it is the law!

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! Digging into one of those utilities could turn your little project into a major headache!


We think 811, isn’t just easy to remember, it is also appropriate that it is the designated phone number to ca...

April 21, 2019

We still have spring cleaning on our mind and hope you do, too. Before we give you some ideas for inside chores, we thought we would talk about another couple of places that may take what you don’t want.

In a recent blog we mentioned the Goodwill, the Union Gospel Mission, and Habitat for Humanity, local charities that each want a different mix of what you might need to castoff. In addition, we mentioned the Aberdeen Thrift City, a business that also accepts donations.

But sometimes it seems like nobody wants what you need to throw away – not even the dump! That’s why we want to remind you about the Stafford Creek Landfill.



For yard or construction waste, the Stafford Creek Landfill, off the Westport highway, is an option you should consider. Located next to the Stafford Creek Prison off of State Route 105 on the way to Westport, the Stafford Creek Landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This facility is a wood-based landfill, where you p...

It’s Spring Cleanup time in Grays Harbor! For many Harborites, that means a free trip to the dump. However, whether you get a free day at the dump or not, use the spring air of new beginnings to see if your old stuff can be useful to a local charity!


One of the reasons many of us hesitate to get rid of things that we no longer need is that we find it hard to “trash” something that isn’t trash.

As you are sorting and cleaning this spring, you are likely to run into a few items that you no longer have use for but clearly could be of use to somebody.

If you like to get some money out of your things, perhaps it is time to organize a garage sale or check out one of the many internet sites to sell things – including www.2good2toss. Several area Facebook pages also offer opportunity to sell or give away your items.  And, the good ‘ole want ads in local papers, such as this one, will also bring customers your way.

Maybe you don’t need the money, or don’t want the has...

Ahh, spring! The time of year you feel the warmer weather, see the blossoming flowers and hear – and try to heed – the loud call of spring chores! Use that spring in your step this spring to tackle the tidying up that most of us need in and around our homes, garages and yards this time of year.

For many Grays Harborites, a chance for a free day to dump junk at the LeMay Transfer Station makes addressing the excess-stuff issue a no brainer!

We’re happy to pass along that once again many of the area’s municipalities are sponsoring free Spring Cleanup days at the LeMay Transfer Station or are bringing the containers to you.    Each has a little different arrangement, so make sure to read about your area and call your City Hall if you have additional questions.

Sorry to the folks living outside city limits; it’s been a few years now since Grays Harbor County has sponsored a cleanup for those living in the county. Budgets are tight! However, while there is no paid-for cleanup day for...

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