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Ups and Downs in the Life of a Plumber

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Ups and Downs of the Life of a Plumber (running time 7 - 11 a.m.)

7am wakeup

Weekend Wake-Up Hour

Start your mornings off with Rosie on the House as we talk about interesting people, places, and things around Arizona.

8am talkingtrees

8 a.m. | Outdoor Living Hour - Notes from the Nursery

Jay Harper of Harper's Nursery joins us to help you be sure your garden is well prepared for new plantings!

9am DIYhour

DIY Hour - Homeowner's Topic Choice

The lines, email and text are open for your DIY questions!

10am topicoftheweek

Topic of the Week Hour

ben franklin az logoUps and Downs of a Plumber's Life

Join us as we visit with each of the Benjamin Franklin Plumbing  finalists -- Joseph, Jairo and Dave -- as they talk a bit about their Great Plumbing Bowl entries as well as their plumbing advice for Arizona homeowners.

7:00AM - The Weekend Wake Up

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Segment 1 (running time 12:13)

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  • Rosie & Jennifer share the fun they had at the comedy roast of Phoenix legend, Pat McMahon.
  • Jennifer has some ideas for Governor Ducey to improve the Arizona State Fair! (Hint: It involves a bulldozer)

Rosie invites James Hahn & Nick Tsontakis to talk architecture and the importance of spacing in your home.

  • What constitutes "historic" vs. just and older building or home.
  • How someone becomes an architect.....is it innate or learned?
  • Schooling involved and how it impacts your ability.

Segment 2 (running time 7:25)

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More about the value of great design with our guests:

  • Nick's personal story and how he got into designing.
  • All the factors that go into the design and how they'll stand the test of time.
  • Is it getting easier or harder to be in the architecture field?

Segment 3 (running time 13:52)

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  • Learn about the Arizona Residential Architects and their magazine you can learn from.
  • Trends they're seeing across Phoenix and the valley.
  • How we're finally taking advantage of all the great views across Arizona and homes on golf courses encouraged those changes. 
  • Dealing with "The Process" of designing a home with homeowner's.
  • The improvement of technology helps homeowner's visualize what they are designing.
  • How to finalize decisions when changes in style/technology can happen so often.

Segment 4 (running time 6:59)

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We wrap up our conversation with the guys from James Hahn Design, AIA.

  • Are architects only for rich people? We answer.
  • "If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait till you hire an amateur?

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Talking Trees with John Eisenhower

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Segment 1 (running time 11:55)

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Talking Trees with John Eisenhower of Integrity Tree Service!

  • Tree of the Month: The Pink Trumpet Tree. Where you can see it and why John loves it.
  • Magnolia Trees are another great alternative for color in Arizona.
  • Spring fertilization time is here and we talk about pests too.
  • Why John was hesitant to add chemical spray service to his business and now offers it.
  • We discuss "Integrated Pest Management."

Segment 2 (running time 6:39)

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  • More on pest control for your trees and other plants in your yard.
  • The drawbacks of using chemicals and how to use them responsible.
  • Using praying mantis and other critters to control pests in your yard.

Segment 3 (running time 13:07)

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Caller:

  • Al - His jacaranda tree has never bloomed and he wants advice on trimming it and to know if he's doing anything wrong.
  • Pruning advice based on a class John taught recently. Citrus, blooms, etc.
  • Deciding on the right fertilizer for your situation and specific plants.
  • Steve - Should he add mulch around his citrus trees like his neighbor is recommending?
  • George - What kind of tree can he plant for shade that won't uproot the pavers in his yard?
  • Sissoo trees....the good vs. the bad.

Segment 4 (running time 7:06)

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  • Tour de Trees is coming in April. We talk about the event and how you can attend. (April 1st Weekend)
  • Reminding you to get trees planted right now! Stop in at Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company to find one perfect for your property.
  • Remember you can learn from John with classes at the Desert Botanical Garden.

If you're in the Valley and need tree care of any kind, contact Integrity Tree Service!

9:00AM - Open Lines

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Segment 1 (running time 11:57)

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  • We commiserate on the impending heat and how you can get ahead of it.
  • Learn about "Super Cooling" and choosing the right payment plant for you power.
  • We are hearing a lot from homeowner's who bought "Flipped homes" and now are dealing with a lot of work done without a permit.
  • Dealing with serial offenders with flipped homes.

Caller:

  • Theresa - She just had a remodel and had luxury vinyl flooring installed and found out that they were not supposed to put cabinets on top of the vinyl. Does she need to worry about this?

Segment 2 (running time 6:42)

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Caller:

  • John - He has more AC coming into certain rooms in his home and not in other areas of the home. What should he have done?

*Call REEis Home Performance & Air Conditioning or Green ID offer whole home energy audits.

  • Rosie describes an amateur method to balancing your homes air flow.
  • Don - He's considering upgrading his thermostat to one that he could control remotely from Canada and wants to know how to set the temps while they are gone.

Segment 3 (running time 13:55)

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  • We discuss Don's situation and how to save money while he is in Canada during the summer months.
  • Rosie's thoughts on a summer cabin and avoiding the work of a "2nd Home"

Text From a Listener:

  • She has a water treatment she's not happy about and we talk about the misconceptions around certain brands and what we think.

Segment 4 (running time 5:58)

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Caller:

  • Corey - The floor tile against his baseboards and wants to know why.

Text From a Listener:

  • Do we like blown in cellulose or fiberglass insulation?

Caller:

  • George - He's considering a "Scaleblaster" to treat his water. What is our opinion of the product?

10:00AM - Housing Topic

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Segment 1 (running time 11:07)

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Today we reveal our winners of "The Great Plumbing Bowl" with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

  • Plumbers Joseph, Jairo and Dave participated in our contest and are here for you and to find out who won our video contest.
  • Our plumbers tell their story and how they got into the industry.
  • What homeowner's neglect and discussing our terrible water quality in the state.
  • Listing the major offenders on bad water in Arizona.

Segment 2 (running time 6:40)

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Caller:

  • Gary - Can he remove and reinstall a new shut-off valve on his copper piping to solder a new fixture?
  • Angle stop/ballcock valves/etc. Hardware preferences for you home and a few common mistakes you can avoid if your working on the plumbing of your home.
  • REMINDER: DO NOT BUY SUPPLY LINES WITH PLASTIC NUTS!!!

Segment 3 (running time 13:31)

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  • Pex versus Copper piping...we ask the pros!

Callers:

  • Sean - He's trying to solder upside down on a new ballcock valve on a water main. He can't get it to stay in place?

*We discuss a few tricks about soldering and how to make it look good.

  • Rob - Everytime he turns on water in different areas of the home, he hears the piping banging against the wall. What can he do?

*Rob could call Thermal Advantage for help with one of the options.

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Segment 4 (running time 6:33)

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Caller:

  • Claus -He has a "hero plumbing story"

Congrats to Jairo on winning and thanks to all the great plumbers from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for submitting their videos and joining us today!

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