Safety for you Do It Yourselfer's Print

7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:58)

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We visit with Kimber Lanning from Local First Arizona. We talk about the importance of keeping your spending dollars in-state!

  • Did you know your tax dollars go towards subsidizing out-of-state competition?

Segment 2 (running time 7:51)

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Kimber explains how she learned how important it was to focus our economic impact on local businesses and industries.

  • McDonald's & National Chains don't mean "successful development." Her theory was proven in an area of Tempe.
  • The importance of older buildings and revitalization.
  • Competition between states is important, but focusing on growing existing Arizona businesses.

Segment 3 (running time 12:33)

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More with Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona!
  • Kimber shares how much $$$ Arizonan's are spending in California....That could transform the state if we kept that money in Arizona.
  • Spending 10 million dollars with local business create thousands of jobs....spending it at places like Amazon don't even compare. Listen!
  • Independent businesses are starting to
  • Why we love Baschas' Grocery Store & how sick it is to think this local entrepreneur's tax Wal-Mart subsidies. We think that stinks!
  • Side by Side price comparisons between big box stores and local stores reveal a big misconception. It's not always cheaper! In fact, most of the time it's the same you can save $$$!

*Romey covers "This day in History" 

Segment 4 (running time 7:47)

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  • Rosie & Kimber discuss a terrible new trend with the Big Box Stores (Lowe's, specifically) and how they're suing local communities for tax breaks and winning. This has led to the closure of local libraries, pools, etc. to pay for the subsidies given to mulch-millionaires from other states.
  • Simply buying a faucet from local realtors makes a huge difference! Kimber promotes TruValue & Ace Hardware.   They focus on impacting local communities. Big Box Stores....not so much! 

8:00AM - Outdoor Hour with John Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 12:11)

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We take your landscape and gardening questions with Jay from Harper's Nurseries & Landscaping Company!

Tip of the Week: The heat is finally here and this year we didn't have the normal buildup to the warmer temps. Change your watering patterns and Jay explains it for you!


  • Jay - His tomatoes have blossom end rot and he wants to know if there's something he can use to get rid of it?

Recommendation - It usually means it's a calcium deficiency and he can use a spray called Yield Booster & Blossom End Rot Preventer

  • Richard - They have a large eucalyptus tree in an area of a space they want to put in a block wall in the backyard. Will this be an issue?

Recommendation - With the tree already be established, the new wall should be fine. He also asked about tiles damaged from surface roots and he can change his watering habits to eliminate surface roots. (Deep watering = Deep Root System)

Segment 2 (running time 6:38)

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  • Chris - He planted pumpkin seeds with his daughter, not expecting them to grow. Now they're growing and he wants advice on watering them to keep them alive.

Recommendation - He's a little early on planting them to have them mature for Halloween.  Shade the plants & it'll take quite a bit of water. He'll need to keep an eye on them to make sure they look healthy.

  • Lucille - She was told not to prune her Chilean mesquite, but now she can't walk under it.  Can she trim it up at all?

Recommendation - It's okay to prune the lower branches and shape it into what she likes. The key is to not over-prune it. (No "Recreational Pruning")

Segment 3 (running time 12:18)

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  • Karen - The tomatoes in her community garden have a lot of brown and yellow leaves. The watering is out of her control and she's wondering if there is anything she could do to prevent this.

Recommendation - Without seeing it, Jay thinks it's over-watered and possible lacking nutrients on the lower branches. Make sure the shade cloth isn't touching the plants.

  • Ken - His sissou tree has suckers all over his lawn and he wants to get rid of them. What should he do?

Recommendation - Not much, unfortunately. He'll need to pull them out individually. He can water it extremely deeply to get the root system to go deeper into the soil. This will decrease the shoots on the surface.

*Jennifer gives some tips on controlling mosquito's. Go to the Arizona Department of Health Services to see if they use fog treatment in your area.  Listen for tips on staying safe!

Segment 4 (running time 7:02)

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  • Chad called and wanted recommendations on shade trees near his pool.

Recommendation - Jay likes the Mastic Tree. It's big enough for shade and not too messy. Otherwise, he should consider a sail too.

*Reminder that the Annual Tour De Coup, put on by the Valley Permaculture Alliance is coming up.

Tip: Speaking of Chickens...Romey loves Gordon's Feed & Seed!

If you need landscape or gardening advice, stop by Harper's Nurseries & Landscaping Company.

9:00AM - On The House Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:34)

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Rosie reminds you to pay it forward if we've saved you money on a remodel or repair at your home, consider the "Buy a Heart Campaign" put on by The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals Central Arizona Chapter.

Find Rosie's articles on home improvement across the whole state:

  • Green Valley News
  • Casa Grande Dispatch
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • Arizona Republic

*Stay tuned about the launch of our new website in the next few weeks!

  • Karen called in and wanted to know about the 'American Made' nails we were talking about earlier in the show.  Go to our American Made Products link to find Maze Nails, made in Illinois.
  • Rosie has some special guests joining us....his daughter Rachel and her family!  You might remember her husband, Major Wayne Dahl. He's been in Germany and we talk about his military experiences. Thank you for your service, Wayne!!!
  • Listen for a funny story about using "facilities" across the world. It's not the same everywhere!

Segment 2 (running time 6:14)

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  • Bill - He has a bathroom addition and needs to install a new fan. Can he just use the electricity on the light switch box or does he need to run a new electricity line?

Recommendation - Yes, he can, but Rosie recommends a fan/light combination. They're under $150.00 usually and can solve his problem! (He might need a permit. Always check, so any repairs/remodels are legal if you choose to sell your home)

*In honor of the 4th of July next week, we take advantage of our guests being in town. Rosie's grandchildren sing the National Anthem.  You'll love it!!!

Segment 3 (running time 13:28)

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  • Ron - 2 things first: He heard us talking and wanted to let us know about an interesting bathroom out of Australia that is self-cleaning. He also wanted to mention A-Authentic Garage came out to his house and he was wonderful! Now for the question; his fire alarms are hardwired and it's time to have them replaced. Is it something he can do himself?

Recommendation - When you're dealing with electricity, it can very dangerous and if you're uncomfortable at all, hire a professional. We recommend calling TEKNA Security.

*Rachel used to do reports on "bathrooms" several years ago. 

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Romey's Digital Newsroom:

  • Listener's are asking about products for keeping pests out of your garden. They're asking about Bonide Products.
  • Thomas wants to retire his there anything he can use to cover his deck? Call Jeff at Deckover!
  • Michelle has cherry flooring she removed and she doesn't want to throw it away? Do we know where she could recycle it? Call Porter Barn Woods.

Segment 4 (running time 6:22)

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  • We travel back and play a fun segment from the days where Rosie's Daughter, Rachel, gave a report on a unique bathroom in Australia. Funny Stuff!!!
  • Thanks to Rachel, Wayne and the kids for stopping by. We had fun!

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:59)

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Rosie shares a few stories...."I'm not trying to gross you out, but trying to scare you just a bit so you'll stay safe"


  • Carolyn - Her tile shower stall has glass doors and need to be replaced. She also wants to replace the handle, plus the caulking is in bad shape too..what do we recommend?

*Rosie has one more "scary story"

Segment 2 (running time 6:50)

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  • More stories about mishaps by the expert, Rosie.  If Rosie is scared of electricity, that means you need to stay safe too.  Jennifer makes him call The Mighty Electricians now!
  • Using a circuit tester and a circuit indicator to make sure there is no electricity in an electrical box your working on. The bedroom can be tricky so be careful to make sure the electricity is actually off in each box.

Segment 3 (running time 12:39)

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"Grandma Fix It" wrote in to say she had AC issues and a few other problems at her home, but then she heard Rosie's Grand kids singing...It lightened her whole mood!


  • Dan - His wife wants to plant a bougainvillea bush in the yard, but it's over a sewer line. Is that okay?

Recommendation - It should be no problem.  He did mention that it was a home built in 1954, so it is possible that it has deteriorated and be an issue. We recommend calling a plumber with a camera line verify what type of piping it is. Call Stampede Plumbing, Babcock Plumbing or Thunderbird Plumbing.

  • Scott - Some of the breakers in his electrical box need to be replaced. It doesn't look to tough. Is there a specific way he needs to do this to stay safe?

Recommendation - He's right. This isn't to tough of a job, but the chance of hurting yourself is very high risk. We don't recommend dealing with electricity unless you're 100 percent confident. He can call The Mighty Electricians.  

  • Phil - He has two older heat pumps that need to be replaced. There's a good air-flow reason it's better for him to put them on the roof.  How would he know if the rafters can support the weight of a roof-mounted unit.

Recommendation - His current setup is more efficient, but he should be able to mount them on the roof. He'll need to check the rafter setup and the AC contractor should be able to determine that.

Segment 4 (running time 6:40)

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Rosie shares a story about a recent "incident" that was a timely reminder about staying safe while your repairing or remodeling around your home.

(Ladder Safety Is A Serious Issue)


  • Peggy - The control panel on the outside of her garage isn't working anymore. What should she do?

Recommendation - It sounds like it could just be a bad battery. If that doesn't work, she can call Rosie partners, A-Authentic Garage.

  • Theresa wants to know if she really needs lightning protection?

Recommendation - It's more important to install "surge protection" and she can call a Rosie-Certified electrician in her area.

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