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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October 8, 2019

Well, here we are already into October! The bite in the air – not to mention the mercury in the thermometer – lets us know that winter is on its way.

We’ve been talking recently about various kinds of heating appliances. Last week we gave a plug for ductless heat pumps – a newer kind of heating unit that has so many benefits. It is our most recommended heating unit.

Regardless of what type of primary heating you have in your home, most houses around here have at least one fireplace. Typically fireplaces are used most often for ambiance, a secondary heat source or as back up when the power goes out. Regardless how often you use yours, it’s prudent to ensure that it’s ready for the cold weather coming.

In fact, giving the entire roof a once-over soon is a great idea. So, examine your roof for lose or missing shingles as well as moss or other vegetation. In addition, look closely at the metal flashings and fascia and barge boards to make sure they are intact and secure.

Remember, as important...

With summer nearly upon us, this is a great time to make sure your deck is both safe and beautiful.

DECK SAFETY FIRST!

The first point of inspection should be the way the deck is fastened to the house. What you want to see is the hex-heads of bolts staggered along the deck’s rim joist, which is attached through the siding into the rim joist or framing of the house. If you only see nail heads, you will want to consult with your contractor or building official for a complete deck inspection. The installation of lags or bolts doesn’t have to be expensive, but there may be other things that need to be done.

For example, decks built closer to saltwater tend to have more problems and sooner. That salty air makes anything made of metal deteriorate more quickly. These can be metal saddles imbedded in the concrete pier blocks holding the support posts; joist clips holding each joist end and of course, nails. Even treated wood can fail, especially where the deck boards are nailed into each joist. T...

March 12, 2019

Is buying a fixer upper house right for you? It’s no secret that you can get more house for your dollar in Grays Harbor than nearly anywhere else in the state! Hoquiam was recently listed as the fifth most affordable city!

Interest rates are still low, too which may help you to consider buying a house!

The down side is that inventory of “for sale” properties is currently low, giving sellers a potential advantage. That fact might entice some buyers who wouldn’t normally consider a less expensive “fixer upper,” to do so.  Frankly, not all “fixer uppers” are created equal; nor are all new homeowners equipped to be fixer-uppers!

How do you know which repairs you can handle? How can you tell the difference between a diamond in the rough and a money-pit? We hope to shed some light on the topic today.

DISCLOSURES REQUIRED

Did you know that sellers and realtors are required to inform a potential buyer of any “material facts” they know about a property? This would include any information that could...

February 25, 2019

When you start counting the baths, cooking, indoor plants, wet laundry, the dog’s water dish, the rain-soaked  dog, wet jackets and hats, and on and on you’ll quickly get the idea that there is a mini-climate in your house and it needs to be dealt with or you’ll get visited by the mold fairy!

Your heated house is constantly changing these sources of water into air-borne vapor and will allow them to change back into water where a cold surface meets the warm, moisture-laden air, like a toilet tank or window pane.

The trick is to control the “incoming” sources of this moisture and balance the rest with vented fans and other types of ventilation. When you do this, your comfort goes up and the excessive moisture on the thermal windows goes away.

Humidity in the house should be 45 percent to 55 percent. This creates comfort and livability year around. In excess, it is bad for the house.

One of the questions that we are often asked this time of year is “Why do I have moisture inside my thermal-pa...

January 17, 2019

We hope your Christmas was merry and bright! Today we will share a few more tips about preparing your home for windy weather.

Last week we mentioned the recent tornado that devastated a neighborhood in Port Orchard, which isn’t that far from here. While tornados are very rare in Western Washington, it seems we’re seeing new weather patterns lately.

During the winter storm of 2007, hurricane force gusts and howling winds went on for days, peeling off more than 100 roofs. Part of the aftermath of that storm for most of us was power outages that lasted five days or longer. We all learned something about being prepared – or what life is like when you’re not.

In addition to checking the soundness of your roof, windows, doors and garage doors before a storm, it’s important to clean out gutters and storm drains to help prevent leaks and damage to your house.

For the details of what to look for in your roof, windows, doors and garage doors, check out last week’s column posted on our website at www...

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