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 30, 2019

Last week we talked about a variety of other heating devices that we tend to use in the Pacific Northwest and how to check them out now for efficiency and safety concerns before the heating season kicks in.

There’s nothing like cooler weather – and the first heating bill of the season – to get one thinking about alternatives.

Today we’re going to talk about the benefits of one of our favorite heating system – the ductless heat pump.

CHEAP ALTERNATIVE FOR HEAT

In this climate, a regular outside heat pump and inside air handler furnace is often an efficient way to heat a house. The technology of a heat pump basically recovers any heat from outside air and transfers it via a closed-loop refrigerant gas to the inside air handler – furnace inside your house. The air handler blows circulating air through a radiator coil that was heated by the gas and that is what is delivered through the house in your ducts.

In the summer, it will do the reverse – drying out the indoor air and pulling the heat ou...

September 23, 2019

The experts are predicting a wet and cold winter this year. So, we thought this was the perfect time to remind you of what kinds of maintenance your heating system might need. For some, what follows are easy checks, for others it may involve calling a handy man. Either way, ensuring a safely heated house for the winter is a good idea!

HOME HEATING FIRE PREVENTION

Various aspects of heating a home are some of the leading causes of home fire deaths, but a few simple safety tips can make all the difference.

Half of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January and February. So, now is an especially good time to address any concerns. Here are some heating safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment such as a fireplace, furnace, wood stove or portable space heater.

  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

  • Have a qualified professional install s...

September 16, 2019

In just a few days the official start of autumn begins. Often this is the most beautiful time of year here on the Harbor. It’s also the time of year we look ahead to preparing ourselves for the coming rain and cold weather.

We here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor have a few autumn chores listed today. Some can wait a couple of weeks and others you might want to put on your “To Do” list for this weekend.

We’re not yet including all the ones related to falling leaves, because so far, we’re not seeing that here. Do a few of these chores now and enjoy any last sunny days.

  • Take the opportunity of decent weather to scrub mold off your home’s exterior. 

  • Prepare to protect under-house or exposed water pipes with pipe sleeves or insulation.

  • Check the dryer’s vent flapper and screen for lint build-up. Does the flapper door work properly? This can be a secret passage for critters!

  • Check all outside lights. With days getting darker earlier, it’s a safety issue to have them in work...

September 9, 2019

Have you ever wondered how to really get your sliding window tracks clean?  Even with their dirt and dead flies, they are often one of the most overlooked areas inside our homes. Well, this is a great time of year to clean them – and we’ll tell you exactly what to do, later in the column.

But before we get to that, let’s review our last blog’s End of Summer To Do list. (It’s a little like school, even if you missed last week’s blog you’re not off the hook for the assignment.)

REVIEWING LAST WEEK

Last week 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.

We also stressed ladder safety in the same breath as what to do if you don’t have gutter guards to keep out debris or your gutters themselves need to be secured tightly to your h...

September 4, 2019

School bells have begun ringing in many districts already this week – and will be ringing after Labor Day in the rest of Grays Harbor. Even when you’re an adult it can feel like summer is the shortest season of the year.

However, it isn’t really autumn yet and we should have plenty of summer-like weather in the next few weeks. So, while it’s not quite time for our annual autumn chore To Do list, today we will give you an idea of the fixes and finishes for your house that are important to tackle this time of year.

A LITTLE PRUNING GOES A LONG WAY

While we don’t claim to be plant experts, from time to time we talk about plants, trees and gardening as it intersects with your house.

Although we know that fall isn’t the best time to prune many plants, you still may want to consider some trimming back for your house’s sake. The plants we are concerned about are shrubs or trees that either pose a potential threat to your house in a storm or that are touching your house.

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