Here's an overview of this week's 3 hour homeowner radio broadcast
Outdoor Living Hour - Urban Farming with Greg Peterson
Farmer Greg Peterson of the Urban Farm joins us to discuss #Composting. "We have a deep, dark secret at the Urban Farm. It's the reason our greens spring to life, our flowers are happy, why everything grows so well and the plants are soooo healthy - it's all in the compost."
Homeowner Topic: Monsoon Monsters Flood The Market With Scams
The monsoon season brings the fresh smell of creosote and mesquite, moisture in the air, cooler temperatures, and also something stinky -- scammers. Scammers, also known as "travelers," are pesky door-knocking salespeople who use high-pressure tactics to get homeowners to sign up for construction repairs or installations that aren't actually needed. Their go-to "jobs" are installing a new roof, repairing a damaged air conditioning unit, re-stuccoing and painting, or re-landscaping your yard, while offering low costs and possibly utilizing leftover materials. These salespeople tend to appear after large, destructive storms and during the monsoon season. Here is how to avoid door-to-door scammers and what actions to take after a storm...
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines!
Got a question? Call In! Chat with Rosie & Romey!
Weekly To-Do Topic: #MonsoonPoolCare | Join us! We'll be chatting with special guest Craig O’Grady, owner, Desert Sun Pools about how you keep your pool from turning green, and murky during monsoon season. The combination of heat, rain, wind and dust storms can make keeping your pool swimmable a challenge
Farmer Greg features what you need to make your own compost!
Discussion of the regenerative process and how it compares to sustainability. Creating a system that replicates nature.
Circular composting: Food scrapes comes in thru compost to make food again!
Discussion of the elements include food waste, worm castings, soldier flies, grubs and chicken poop. They do all the work!
Arizona Worm Farm for compost.
Tanks Green Stuff for composting.
Explaining the stacking functions with food waste/scraps and the multiple ways it feeds for composting. How chickens are a stacking function. And another stacking function in everyday life.
Farmer Greg says making a big compost bin can be 'futile'. But the simplest way to start is food scraps, newspaper or cardboard in a worm bed. He explains you can start one under the sink or a small tote.
Greg explains another way to build your own called a 'flow thru worm composting bin'. Describes his outdoor worm bin. It doesn't have to be expensive to build.
Repurposed wood for composting.
Farmer Greg explains 'hot composting'. Getting the right percentage of greens and browns. The greens are nitrogen, browns are carbon. Consisting of woody mulch, leaves and dry grass clippings. As more is added, microbes break it down releasing heat.
Director Jeff Fleetham of The Arizona Registrar Of Contractors discusses avoid scams especially after the recent monsoon storms that hit the area.
Avoid the tension to getting repairs done now. After a weather event, labor and material shortages and not enough licensed contractors are a real factor.
Scamers target vulnerable customers. Why exchanging cash for a project is a major RED FLAG!
Why a licensed contractor is most important. Understanding the agreement before you sign anything.
Jennifer's story of a suspicious two legged roof rat with a truck. Logo was taped on the truck. Plate was out of state. Did a search on the company and a training video on how to hustle as 'knockers' on potential customers in Phoenix.
No reason doing business with anyone who knocks on your door. Contractors that are licensed, bonded and insured are the way to go.
Jeff explains what a licensed contractor does for vetting the people in business. Contractors must be licensed in Arizona. General rules are experience and pass an exam.
Discussion of how complaints are handled for licensed contractors and unlicensed entities. The statistics on how many complaints actually get to a hearing.
If a contractor license is revoked, it means there is some sort of an assessment against them. Jeff explains some possible assessments.
Government doesn't tell you whether you can open a business or how to run it. Jeff explains.
Discussion of The Recovery Fund for residental customers. A form of financial protection provided by licensed contractors. NOT Unlicensed Entities.
Definition of Caryopsis.
Registrar Of Contrators does not vicerate anyone. They provided assistance where it needed. Not licensed, get one.
ROC does not prosecute unlicensed entities. They can form a package case to send to a prosecutors. They decide to move forward.
Any person performing construction work that requires a license and are NOT licensed, they have no legal standing to sue in Arizona courts for money owed.
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Rosie explains why its important to keep the air conditioner fan on 'auto' when it comes to condensate.
ABC 15 Meteorologist Iris Hermosillo discusses the intense monsoon storm that hit Scottsdale and what weather system influenced the heavy rain, wind and lighting.
An 'Aging In Place' segment on ways for the elderly to avoid being scamed by phone or knock on the door. Plus a way to look up the phone number given by a scammer to see if its been used for that purpose.
Weekly To Do: Monsoon Pool Prep with Craig O'Grady of Desert Sun Pools. Maintenance tips on keeping your pool from turning green. From cleaning your pool filter, pump trap and more to keep the water moving.
More with Desert Sun Pools. The demand for home pools are way up across the country. Craig explains the process from design to finished pool will take time due to demand.