Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast
Start your mornings off with Rosie on the House as we talk about interesting people, places, and things around Arizona. This Saturday's guest will be local author Roger Naylor! Not only an author, but also a lover of the Southwest, hiking and food! His books include: Boots and Burgers, The Amazing Kolbe Brothers of the Grand Canyon and Arizona Kicks on Route 66. Join us to chat about his latest travels.
Outdoor Living Hour - Talking Trees with John Eisenhower
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines!
The lines, email and text are open for your DIY questions!
Homeowner Topic: Why Your Old Garage Door May Have to Go
Has your garage door been causing your troubles? Perhaps you have been having minor issues but you are not sure if you can repair your garage door or if you must replace it all together. Rosie on the House covers what may be wrong with your garage door that warrants replacement, plus some tips about new garage doors that may make you want to upgrade anyway.
Arizona travel writer and author Roger Naylor who has the coolest job in the world (but you can't have it :)
Roger also writes in the Arizona Republic like the best Mexican restaurants in the state.
Roger's goal is to get readers and everyone else to get out and explore. And find some good eats on the way.
His other goal is to hike 1000 miles this year. As of this broadcast, he's at 496.
Roger has written books about Route 66. Arizona is the state that saved Route 66. More of the original highway exists here than any other state.
Also Death Valley, the hotest place on earth.
Boots & Burgers, the primo book about hiking and places to eat after that hike.
And The Amazing Kolb Brothers of the Grand Canyon. How they developed their photos is a facinating story in itself.
Find all of his books HERE.
Roger's next book is about Arizona State Parks and other places of interest in the surrounding area of each park.
We talk about a special park and trail Granite Mountain Hotshots.
A special episode of Mike Rowe's 'Returning The Favor' is about the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Search Facebook to find and watch it.
2 new state parks opening later this year: Rockin River Ranch and Havasu Riveria.
Southern Arizona has some great hiking opportunities. Roger mentions his favorites.
Talking trees with John from Integrity Tree Service. Looking at our tree of the month: Blue Palo Verde.
Two main palo verdes are the foothills and the blue palo verdes. Can grow to about 20-40 feet in height.
Palo Verdes tend to grow fast with proper watering. They also litter post bloom more that a slower growing tree.
Palo Verde provide shade. And are a nurse plant for baby saugaro cactus.
Palo Verde means 'green stick'.
CALLER: Has a peach tree. Half of it leafed out early, leaves curled up then fell off. Now its a bare tree. Suggestions what to do next.
CALLER: Has bushy trees blooming pink and white flowers. Would like to know what type of tree. Could it be cut backed or moved?
CALLER: Has large pine trees on a graded hill. Beneath them there is a lot of visqueen and roots on the top of the visqueen. Wants to remove the visqueen.
John's tips for May: The difference between pruning and trimming. Prune date palms. Pruning to get trees ready for monsoon storm season.
Also protecting your tree trunk from sun damage.
There's a big distinction between trimming and pruning trees.
The ANSI A300 is a standard for pruning to clarify what your objective is and the expectations. Ask for it when you talk with an arborist.
Rosie On The House has the #1 Referral Network for anything at your house, home, castle or cabin. Each one has gone into a strict qualification to become 'Rosie Certified'.
Rosie talks about homeowners who lost their home in the Tinder Fire.
How 'automated' would you take your home?
CALLER: Wanted a solution to treat/rid of gophers.
CALLER: Wants to replace an electric water heater as a do it yourself project. Is a water softner needed?
Also wants suggestions extending his porch using a metal roof different from his asphault shingle roof.
CALLER: Has a manufactured home with a shingle roof and wanted to know the benefit of painting the shingles white to reflect the heat and extend the life of the roof.
CALLER: Wanted to know more about the Patio Pal, the combo ice chest cooler and evap cooler in one!
CALLER: Has a wobbly wrought iron gate door and latch, and needs suggestions for a more permanent repair. Also suggestion on replacing the wood slats on the gate.
Rosie continues with a caller remodeling his kitchen with some thoughts on the cost of a kitchen remodel with a formula on how much your estimated remodel should cost.
CALLER: Bought a tax lein house that was moved from a previous location on 4x4 pilons. The front corner has settled. Wants to jack up the foundation to level the house by removing the living room floor and jacking up from the inside.
CALLER: Suggestion for long term lowering the cost of housing thru solar panels.
Short update on the APS rate hike and super cooling.
CALLER: Talking about trellises and how it can be a great feature for your yard.
TEXT: Has a master bedroom over the garage making the bedroom warm. Can replacing the garage door help?
CALLER: (Used Woods Plumbing and loved them). Remodeling their home and looking at kitchen cabinets. Wants advice on ready to assemble cabinets versus custom made.
TEXT: In talking about using evap coolers to cool the garage, a listener has noticed some rusting issues.
CALLER: You can't have an evap cooler in a garage and put an up duct in the ceiling because it violates 'the one hour fire code'. Rosie explains what that means.