Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast
Weekend Wake-Up Hour Driven By Sanderson Ford
Start your mornings off with Rosie on the House as we talk about interesting people, places, and things around Arizona! Tune-in to find out something new and interesting - sponsored by our friends at Sanderson Ford!
Outdoor Living Hour - Talking Trees with John Eisenhower
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines!
Homeowner Topic: Does Your Pool Need A Facelift?
Is your pool starting to show its age? Perhaps it's time to redo the plaster or update the design and water features. Learn what updates you can do to your existing pool to bring some fresh appeal back this summer!
Sunrise, overnight monsoon storms and rain, events around Arizona. Plus we take your suggestions for topics to cover in the 7AM hour!
Various topic ideas from our listeners. Volcano history, early map making.
CALLER: Nikki's suggestion on home economics, budgeting, balancing a checkbook. And ancient sports in Arizona.
Many other suggestion too!
More ideas. Making a happier family? Anatomy of a monsoon and surviving it. History of small towns in Arizona and ghost towns. Stories of Phoenix in the 50s and 60s.
Rosie continues to look for a person who called the show and claimed he found the Lost Dutchman Goldmine.
AZ Fish & Game holding 3 events on elk viewing, release of more California Condors and building fish habitat at Roosevelt Lake.
John with Integrity Tree Service has had a busy couple of weeks with tree damage from monsoon storms across the area.
High winds from different directions caused more downed trees and uprooting than normal. Challenging to keep up with the calls.
Downed trees can be turned into chips and mulch for new trees.
Good time to check flat roofs for tree debris around the drains. Use that debris for compost.
Our Estore has the Hex Armor Thorn Resistant Gloves for clean up around your space.
John details our Tree Of The Month: The Desert Fern. Beautiful native tree, no thorns, sometimes decidueous. Leaves have a fern look.
John goes into his assessment when looking at tree damage. Can it be saved or not. Starting with the root system.
There are anchoring systems (or guywiring) to support trees to keep them upright including a duckbill system and earth anchor.
Before installing support stakes in the ground, make sure there's no gas line or other resistance that could impede hammering.
CALLER: Has a 'sad looking' pecan tree with wilting leaves. Needs suggestions to revive it.
CALLER: In talking about staking trees and not setting the guy wires too tight, why not use thick springs on the wires.
John's advice on a tree that shows signs of uprooting/falling down in windy conditions and trimming branches from the base to within reach.
Kyle and Bobby from Sun Valley Solar talk about the APS review and incentives for current and future customers considering solar for their home.
As part of the agreement, APS performs a yearly evaluation of the buy back rate for solar customers.
Kyle explains what it means for current and anyone considering solar.
Explanation of Net Metering. Differences between SRP and APS.
Bobby explains what utilities are starting to realize relating to 'on peak' demand. Recommends the book/case study called 'The Grid'.
Home markets are catching up with selling or leasing properties with solar.
Sun Valley Solar serves residental and commercial customers. If you're interested, give them a call.
CALLER: Going over his current solar contract, wants to know if he's locked into his current buy back rate. Also wants to know about storage batteries for his banked energy.
CALLER: Would go solar quick if there was a roof tile application like Tesla solar tiles. It exists today but there is a catch.
Quick detour with Clay of Phocus Insurance talking about homeowner's policy regarding tree and storm damage. Limits on coverage.
Kyle explains the hot topic of storage batteries and the role they play in reducing the electric bill. And the rebates/tax incentives that are making people take a second look.
CALLER: Considering the idea of going off the grid using a transfer switch and storage batteries. What does that involve?
The solar system is a 'push pull' system. Suggest the best time to install solar is the fall and winter to bank credits.
Use of storage batteries fall into two catagories: Storage for an emergency backup during power outages and to offset more expensive on peak hours demand.
Goes over battery sizes, where to install them and length of time they last.
Mike with Above And Beyond Pools Remodeling joins us to talk about his background and whats hot in pool remodeling.
When do you know its time to resurface the pool?
Over long term maintenance, which is better to consider: a chlorine or salt system pool.
Mike gives his professional opinion on salt system pools.
How extensive can you go with pool remodeling? Among the many designs, the most popular is called 'Baja Steps'.
Goes over the three types of filtering systems: Cartridge, DE and sand. What does Mike prefer and why.
What about changing the structure or design of a pool. Geometric pools are making a comeback.
Changing the decking design with concrete, travertine or glass waterline. Mike explains.
Mike's insight on 'in-floor' cleaning system.
What's the cost to change from a DE filter to a sand filter?
CALLER: Regarding finding sand for a sand filter. Can't find silica sand.
Mike recommends another sand called Zeo Best Sand. Comes close to the performance of a DE filter.
Rosie brings up the global 'Sand Mafia'.
When to replace sand in a sand filter.
CALLER: Has black stains areas on a pebble finish pool. Wants suggestions to clean it without hurting the finish.
Mike goes over how he keeps his pool cleaned and balanced.
Question about backwashing and how to dispose of the dirty water.
Mike started a program to help his fellow Veterans. He talks about remodeling a pool for a vet who was injured serving as a Vietnam medic.