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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Not long ago we wrote about calling 811 at least two business days before digging more than a foot deep on your property to ensure you won’t run into any underground utilities. We did so because with this great spring weather, the gardening and home improvement projects are blossoming!

Today we’d like to draw your attention up -- to address a similar safety concern. We are talking about trees and powerlines and how the two don’t make a good pair.

Even if a tree never comes crashing through your house or interacts with your powerlines, it’s likely that you have been affected by a power outage at some time caused by a broken limb or felled tree somewhere along the powerline that serves you.

Todd Plato, the contract construction superintendent at the Grays Harbor Public Utility District (PUD), is the guy in the know when it comes to trees and power.

“A lot of our outages are tree-related, so we are constantly working to trim trees that encroach on our transmission and distribution lines,” Pla...

As much as we enjoy the variety of birds that arrive each spring, their arrival means that they will also be on the lookout to find a cozy place to build their nests. So, as a homeowner, you need to stay alert so that birds making their tidy homes don’t disrupt your tidy home.

Most people would be horrified to learn of a family of rats living in their basement. However, many don’t think twice about birds nesting in their eaves. Some birds, such as starlings, English sparrows and pigeons are exceptional opportunists and should be discouraged from living anywhere in your house or garage.

At best, they might only roost on all the roofs in sight of somebody’s regular handout, all the while depositing prolific amounts of acidic droppings on each roof nearby the food. This poopy environment creates ideal conditions for supporting a healthy crop of roof moss. And worse than that, they can spread harmful diseases and create expensive structural damage to your home.

STARLINGS ARE THE WORST!

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Every so often we like to reintroduce ourselves! While we’ve been here in Grays Harbor since 1981, we know that new folks are always moving into town – and that people who were teens a few years back are now homeowners – or want to be!

That’s why last week we started a review of what we do at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor. We’ll spend just a minute more reviewing our review!

REVIEWING THE REVIEW

Basically, NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor is a private non-profit organization governed by a solid volunteer board of directors. Our mission is to help the Grays Harbor community with housing-related issues by creating affordable housing opportunities and solutions in partnership with local governments, businesses and residents.

Although some of our services require income-qualification, housing counseling is available regardless of income.

So, if you have a question regarding housing – from ownership to maintenance and hiring a contractor, dealing with a landlord to securing a rental, building a bud...

Every so often we like to pause and try to give an overview of all the various aspects of what we do here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County. (With the idea that maybe you will find something we can help you with!)

In 1981, we became officially affiliated with a nationwide organization originally known as Neighborhood Reinvestment, an organization created by Congress to address Lenders not loaning on houses in certain areas called “Red lining.” There were also so many more needs of low income, blighted communities suffering from the effects of deteriorating housing.

Now it is called NeighborWorks America and NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County is one of the oldest chartered organizations of nearly 250 located in every state and possession.

In a nutshell, our volunteer board and our staff are very committed to providing decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities for the Grays Harbor community. We want you to know about all the different programs and areas of expertise we can p...

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