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Seattle Contractor and owner of Amyworks, Amy Ecklund, and homeowner and DIY'er Alicia Healey discuss a broad range of home repair, remodeling and home appliance issues. Topics, guests and your questions! Lighthearted, humorous and frank discussion to demystify your home! The first episodes were recorded in late 2019 right before COVID restrictions hit the United States. We're back with NEW episodes starting in June 2021! Send your home repair, remodeling or home appliance questions to askam ...
 
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Amy and Alicia talk fall maintenance tasks to keep your home in tip top shape. Gutter cleaning, filter changing, weatherproofing and more. Alicia loves her screwdrivers and we talk all kinds of options when thinking of screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and bits. If you have questions, comments or want to suggest a topic for us to cover, email us at aska…
 
In this episode Amy talks about their involvement in workforce development for the residential construction industry. The Wood Tech Center (WTC) in Seattle has been struggling for several years and is threatened with closure. A task force has been created on the state level with Frank Chopp, state representative from the 43rd district, and Louise C…
 
In this episode Amy & Alicia discuss building codes. Amy explains some of the specific codes that exist when it comes to bathrooms, stairs, electrical and more. It's important to keep these in mind when considering a remodel or building new. What are some building codes that make you tear your hair out? You can find out more about cohousing at The …
 
We have a special guest! Joy Fire from the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths. You KNOW you want to pound some hot metal. Learn more about the art of blacksmithing and this Society that promotes partnerships and mentorships throughout the country. https://www.inclusiveblacksmiths.com/ for more information. And send your questions, comments, desires t…
 
Amy and Alicia discuss various kitchen countertop options. Amy references past podcast guests Matriarchy Build who have some great DIY inspiration articles including this one on countertops. There are many considerations to keep in mind when choosing countertops for your kitchen. Alicia discusses the difficulty and regret that she's had with her ho…
 
This week Amy and Alicia are joined by guest Andy Pace, owner of The Green Design Center and host of the Non Toxic Environments Podcast. Andy has over 30 years of experience in the field of chemical sensitivity, building materials and non-toxic construction. He's a leading educator for those who suffer from allergies, chemical sensitivities, and as…
 
While Amy and Alicia take a short summer hiatus from recording, we wanted to share another encore episode with our listeners. They will be back in the studio very soon so send us your questions and comments at askamy@amyworks.com In celebration of Women in History month Alicia and Amy are joined by three great women from the Seattle area that have …
 
While Amy and Alicia take a short summer hiatus from recording, we wanted to share this encore episode with our listeners! If "Let's Talk...Home Repair " had been created only to publish this episode, it would be a worthy endeavor. This episode is a little different, but in the best way possible . Alicia and Amy welcome 3 special guests: Susan (Con…
 
Amy goes over cleaning hacks that don’t work or actually cause damage to surfaces that you are trying to clean. Did you know that dish soap is actually damaging for your automobile paint? Also in this episode, have you ever wondered about what your shower floor is made of? Amy explains the anatomy of a shower pan. The installation and products you …
 
Amy and Alicia discuss the various ways to remove tree stumps in your yard. Amy discusses various ways that are possible to attempt to get rid of large stumps that are in your way. Have you ever removed a large tree stump in your yard? Tell us how it went and what you learned! Email us at askamy@amyworks.com Alicia experienced the sub-contractor wa…
 
Amy and Alicia have Kayla in the studio today! Amy gives an update on the Chillwell air cooler that was a bit of a disappointment on a hot summer day. We also get an update on consulting with Matriarchy Build from episode 56. For a limited time you can get a free session with Amy via Zoom to get your DIY home project questions answered using code: …
 
Episode 64 - Melissa Garcia founder of La Matriarca Woodworkings joins Amy and Alicia to discuss the specialty work that she does in the Seattle area. She specializes in deck builds and restoration as well as making furniture and home decor. Check out her river tables! You can find her at https://www.lamatriarcawoodworkings.com/ where you will find…
 
Amy gives us all the details on the various types and sizes of plywood. We get a break down for the best uses for each type of plywood. Amy also talks about the difference and application for using melamine, MDF, and OSB. Did you know that you can get better quality from a local store such as Dunn Lumber (in Seattle) vs. buying from your big box st…
 
Amy is back! What should we do to prepare for a hot summer? Amy tells us about an upcoming ultra white paint that is going to help keep our homes cooler. Amy has ordered a new tool for cooling small areas of the home to review and will report back to us on how it works. What portable cooling units have you tried and had success with? Send us a note…
 
Kayla, Production Manager for AmyWorks joins Alicia in place of Amy this week. Alicia is talking about doing a bathroom remodel. What does that initial process of considering a remodel with a general contractor look like? Kayla walks us through the whole process from getting an estimate through the entire remodeling project. A lot of thought and co…
 
Amy talks about their recent visit to a co-housing community in Seattle. Grace Kim is an architect and owner of Schemata Workshop that is passionate about co-housing and gave a Ted Talk about the benefits of living in co-housing community. Summer Home Maintenance Tips: 1. Roof Make sure all tree limbs are not taking over your roof. 2. HVAC Time to …
 
Barb Oliver is the director of Sound Foundations NW, an organization that builds tiny homes for the unhoused using volunteer labor and donated materials. Sound Foundations NW began at Camp Second Chance in West Seattle, building directly on-site, but last year they were able to move into a large warehouse space in SoDo, which they call "The Hope Fa…
 
What kitchen renovations are not going to give you a return on your investment when selling your home? But first…. Amy troubleshoots a listener question about a waterfall faucet that comes out of a mirror. Plus, it’s time for a Tool Crate update! The subscription this time included a mechanical contractor pencil and a 24 volt brushless circular saw…
 
Amy gives us the exciting update that the DADU has been completed. Hear how it wrapped up and what’s coming next. Amy also gives us a definition about what it means to be a certified builder. This week our listener question is: Why do popcorn ceilings exist and what do we do with them? Popcorn ceilings came into popularity in the 1950’s when there …
 
Alicia and Amy are joined by Lacey Soslow and Gabriella Ansley, co-creators of Matriarchy Build. Matriarchy Build is an online platform created to promote and support women and queer folks looking for help in the home DIY arena and to give exposure to the many bad-ass women out there working the trades and getting the job done. The Matriarchy Build…
 
In this episode, Amy and Alicia talk about home improvements that can be done for under $100! They answer a listener question about hard-wired smoke detectors. Amy lets us know that smoke detectors only have a life span of about 10 years. Remember to use canned smoke to test your smoke detectors. Eleven ideas for home improvements for under $100: 1…
 
Mandy Rennehan is the founder and CEO of Fresh Co. (not the grocery store!), a commercial remodeling company on the east coast and Canada. She is the author of Blue Collar CEO and host of the upcoming HGTV Canadian show, Trading Up. Mandy talks about how she went from being a rookie contractor to a multi-millionaire contractor. She discusses the ch…
 
In this episode... Listeners email - “Hi, Angie from Springfield again. Getting caught up on the podcast. Just want you to know I appreciate you both SO much! All the stuff I need to know but was afraid to ask is here. I really loved your episode on to replace or repair. Oh, and the saws… I have to go back and listen to that one and take notes beca…
 
Jack Hanks from Velocity Public Adjusting joins Alicia and Amy and talks about public adjusting associated with insurance claims after a disaster to one’s home or commercial property. As a public adjuster, Jack and his company represent the consumer/insured, striving to collect a higher claim than what the insurance company initially gave often und…
 
Morgan Mentzer is the co-founder and executive director of Reckoning Trade Project. Morgan started with an undergrad in human rights then wanted to be an auto mechanic and turn wrenches. But then determined that she also wanted to be lawyer. Her dream was to have a auto repair shop where she could fix your car and file any legal papers you need as …
 
The Seattle Home Show – Alicia and Amy recount their time at the home show and their attempt to record an episode of the podcast. Due to technical difficulties the recording didn’t happen, but they had a blast nonetheless. They are throwing the idea around of taking the show in the road. Listener email – Joe from Ontario gave Alicia some advice on …
 
In celebration of Women in History month Alicia and Amy are joined by three great women from the Seattle area that have forged great careers and businesses in the male-dominated trades industry. Louise Hansen – owner of Weezee’s Plumbing (www.weezeesplumbing.com) Catie Chaplin – Residential Carpentry program instructor with Wood Technology Center i…
 
A listener from Madison, WI gave us a great follow-up to the table saw that stops instantly when it senses flesh. Scott sent us pictures too: “Hi Amy, Alicia, and Kayla, I just wanted to follow up on some of the gray areas around the flesh-sensing saw technology. I have owned one for a few years. The saws actually sense an electrical current that f…
 
Overview of the IBS (International Builders Show) 2022. Amy attended the show in Orlando and shares about the huge event and what they experienced. · Workforce Development – always looking for ways to fill the void in the trades. · Land development, affordable housing and what is “the missing middle”. · Modular housing products i.e. SIPs panels (st…
 
Alicia and Amy welcome guest Dennis Stinson of Fujitsu General America. Dennis talks about high efficiency heating, heat pumps, and what hybrid homes means. www.fujitsugeneral.com If you have questions or want to share your story please email us at askamy@amyworks.com. This podcast is recorded at The Winterblue Room in Seattle.…
 
This week Alicia, Amy and Kayla talk about repairing, replacing, or reusing things around the home. They start with kitchen counter cutting boards. Kayla recommends taking measurements or pictures of the original piece to make sure that the new one is a good fit. This also helps when reassembling an appliance to make sure it all goes back together …
 
We are joined by Kayla, AmyWorks’ project manager. Project update on the DADU (detached accessory dwelling unit). The plumbing rough-in and electrical rough-in are done along with the HVAC including inspections for all. Mini split unit with no ducting (Alicia’s favorite) was also done and then followed by insulation. According to Kayla it looks “ha…
 
Alicia and Amy welcome April Rauch, a real estate agent with Windemere in Seattle with 26 years of experience helping her clients buy and sell their homes. April lends some great advice on such as knowing when to do a total renovation and when to just freshen up. They also talk about having a full bath with a tub and is it necessary for the home sa…
 
Things that will shorten the life of your rechargeable tool batteries. Keeping them on the charger - this can cause overcharging which results in a shortened lifespan Storing dead batteries for long periods of time. Swap to a new one before it dies and charge dead ones for 20 minutes before storing. Completely draining a battery. With older Ni-Cd i…
 
Q&A- Listener from Springfield, MO sent in a question about a three-way level. They want to build a fence and the instructions called for a three-way level and they sent a note asking to explain this a little bit. Hope this helps. Thanks Angela. Tools/tricks/tips- types of levels Levels consist if tubes that have water, alcohol, or some other liqui…
 
On this episode Alicia tells of her woes during the freeze we experienced in Seattle over the holidays. Not only were there frozen pipes to contend with there was also a mystery of where was the water actually frozen. She found shut off valves that were useless and realized she didn’t really know her home. Pipe heaters plugged into several extensio…
 
Alicia and Amy are joined by Kayla, AmyWorks’ project manager, to discuss Alicia’s basement remodel. The Winter Blue Room recording studio was a house that was converted to commercial space. Alicia talks about her dream to convert the basement into possibly a small living space and all that goes into planning a brand new space. She talks about her …
 
Deep dive: In Episode 17 we touched on leak detection from the water meter. Let's get a little deeper on how to determine where the leak may be. Amy shares that there was an electronic alert from the water meter sent to the water company due to usage detected every hour for a seven day period. Usage was up as well. How to determine if there is a le…
 
Update on DADU – Amy gives the latest on the Seattle DADU build. Coming right along. Alicia’s Favorite – Terms relating to anything about the home. 1. Plumber’s putty 2. Pipe dope 3. Adjustable slip nut wrench or spud closet wrench 4. Wainscoting 5. Niche 6. Kelvin unit of measure that relates to the color of a light source - the higher the number …
 
Winter home maintenance tasks · Check washing machine hoses and replace rubber hoses if older than 2 years · Check vent fans in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. · Clean dryer vent inside and out. Color of the year for 2022 · Benjamin Moore - October Mist 1495, “silver-green stem of a flower” · Sherwin Williams – Evergreen Fog, a strikingly soft a…
 
On this episode Amy and Alicia have as guests Kayla D’Aprile (of Kayla’s corner) and four of her students (Kennedy, Zoe, Anna and ???) that are taking her Woodworking for Women class at the local Seattle Central College. We talk about tool fears and intimidation and the challenges they’ve faced in the class. We also asked where they find their info…
 
Client Story: Amy shares a story about a recently purchased home by a client that has an undisclosed/hidden leak that comes to light on their very first day in the new-to-them home. Home warranty – coverage for appliances and systems in your home. Can be on new or older homes. Home inspection – a home inspection is typically done pre-purchase but c…
 
Project update: There’s significant progress in the DADU that the AmyWorks Inc. team is working on. Foundation is done. The framing is complete along with the trusses in place. Up next is the roof and windows. Stay tuned! Deep Dive: Alicia and Amy talk about the steps to getting a top quality paint job. The vast majority of the work is in the prep …
 
Where’s the Water Coming From (part 1) From the field: Amy shares the woos of homeownership as they talk about the issues and repairs they are discovering in AmyWorks’ new office which was built in 1910. There’s mystery water in the basement, a leaky roof and more! Oh, and there’s the story of the stolen tools and guitar. Tools/Tips/Tricks: Big tip…
 
From the Field: Kayla and Amy give a review of an app supported stud finder, Walabot. There are mixed reviews and preferences for the tried and true stud finder. Magnetic style with no bells, density style or the app supported style…what’s your favorite for a stud finder? Special guest: Katie McCamant, from Cohousing Solutions joins Alicia and Amy …
 
Construction terms: Alicia’s favorite – can you explain what these terms mean? What do stringer, riser and tread have in common? Is there a difference between drywall, Sheetrock and green board? Maintenance: Give your refrigerator some love. Along with cleaning the coils (check out this video) there are a few other things to check to keep it runnin…
 
Project update Amy gives an update of the DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) project that AmyWorks is undertaking in North Seattle. Hung up on concrete pour and the Seattle weather. Forecast for rain. Deep Dive Inexpensive bathroom upgrades. Can’t afford a full bathroom remodel? Check out these tips to give your bathroom a facelift. Re-groutin…
 
Deep Dive: Hanging blinds and curtains – Remember talking about king stud, jack stud and header from our previous episode? Now’s the time to visualize that as you hang your new blinds or curtain rod. Amy and Alicia talk about stud finders and wall anchors in order to be successful with the project. What about pilot holes? Questions: When dealing wi…
 
From the Field: Kayla (of Kayla’s Corner) joins us from the field to talk about some interesting remodeling projects and the some of the ups and downs facing the construction industry at this time. Does your project include windows? Get them ordered sooner rather than later. Also Kayla shares about the Woodworking for Women class now going on at Se…
 
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