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Seattle Contractor and owner of Amyworks, Amy Ecklund, and homeowner and DIY'er Alicia Healey discuss a broad range of home repair, remodeling and home appliance issues. Topics, guests and your questions! Lighthearted, humorous and frank discussion to demystify your home! The first episodes were recorded in late 2019 right before COVID restrictions hit the United States. We're back with NEW episodes starting in June 2021! Send your home repair, remodeling or home appliance questions to askam ...
 
Let’s Talk Reform is brought to you by SJAIP, a collaborative initiative by a team of scientists working to elevate the discussion around social and mental health needs in the school-to-prison pipeline and United States criminal justice system. Every week we sit down with community champions, educators, and advocates working to change the system we see today. Tune in and join the conversation.
 
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Project update: There’s significant progress in the DADU that the AmyWorks Inc. team is working on. Foundation is done. The framing is complete along with the trusses in place. Up next is the roof and windows. Stay tuned! Deep Dive: Alicia and Amy talk about the steps to getting a top quality paint job. The vast majority of the work is in the prep …
 
Where’s the Water Coming From (part 1) From the field: Amy shares the woos of homeownership as they talk about the issues and repairs they are discovering in AmyWorks’ new office which was built in 1910. There’s mystery water in the basement, a leaky roof and more! Oh, and there’s the story of the stolen tools and guitar. Tools/Tips/Tricks: Big tip…
 
From the Field: Kayla and Amy give a review of an app supported stud finder, Walabot. There are mixed reviews and preferences for the tried and true stud finder. Magnetic style with no bells, density style or the app supported style…what’s your favorite for a stud finder? Special guest: Katie McCamant, from Cohousing Solutions joins Alicia and Amy …
 
Construction terms: Alicia’s favorite – can you explain what these terms mean? What do stringer, riser and tread have in common? Is there a difference between drywall, Sheetrock and green board? Maintenance: Give your refrigerator some love. Along with cleaning the coils (check out this video) there are a few other things to check to keep it runnin…
 
Project update Amy gives an update of the DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) project that AmyWorks is undertaking in North Seattle. Hung up on concrete pour and the Seattle weather. Forecast for rain. Deep Dive Inexpensive bathroom upgrades. Can’t afford a full bathroom remodel? Check out these tips to give your bathroom a facelift. Re-groutin…
 
Deep Dive: Hanging blinds and curtains – Remember talking about king stud, jack stud and header from our previous episode? Now’s the time to visualize that as you hang your new blinds or curtain rod. Amy and Alicia talk about stud finders and wall anchors in order to be successful with the project. What about pilot holes? Questions: When dealing wi…
 
From the Field: Kayla (of Kayla’s Corner) joins us from the field to talk about some interesting remodeling projects and the some of the ups and downs facing the construction industry at this time. Does your project include windows? Get them ordered sooner rather than later. Also Kayla shares about the Woodworking for Women class now going on at Se…
 
Episode 26 – What’s the chute for? Client’s story: Amy describes a recent kitchen remodel where the homeowner took on some of the contractor’s role. What would they do differently in the future if they were undertaking another remodeling project? Maintenance for the upcoming Halloween holiday: What’s the chute for? Alicia finds out how to be social…
 
We welcome back the Amyworks team for our Let's Talk Home Repair Happy Hour! Lightening round of questions - what will we ask our favorite renovators?? What's your favorite tool? What was your biggest mistake on the job? Just a couple of the intriguing questions asked!โดย AmyWorks Inc
 
TW: Sexual Assault, Mental Health, Substance-Use Disorder In this episode of Let's Talk Reform, Riya Dange and Nuha Naqvi talk with Kandia Milton and Amanda Hall, the Policy Director and Campaign Director for Dream Corps JUSTICE, about culture change in the criminal justice system. In candid conversation, they discuss Amanda and Kandia's personal e…
 
Episode 24. What does that mean?? First up, Amy gives a quick update of the ongoing DADU project. CONSTRUCTION TERMS: Do you know all those terms that get thrown around to explain something home-related? Amy quizzes Alicia on terms like beam and girder. What’s a water hammer arrestor? What’s PVC and is it different than CPVC? Test your own knowledg…
 
Are you a student invested in creating a more just world? In this episode of Let's Talk Reform, Riya Dange and Antoinette Charles talk about how students can effect change with Dr. Taja-Nia Henderson, a professor of law and the dean of the Rutgers Graduate School - Newark. Together, they talk about the ways in which young leaders can pursue their p…
 
Episode 23 Fall maintenance part 2 and more. Yet another informative episode this week, and we're continuing with Fall home maintenance. Amy and Alicia discuss easy ways to check for drafts coming in from exterior doors. (The caulking episode referred to is Episode 3.) Next Amy explains why you need to drain your hot water heater more frequently th…
 
What does society owe to those behind bars? In this episode, Professor Sharon Dolovich of the UCLA School of Law breathes a fresh perspective into the established view of the American prison system – and the moral obligation of a just society to those it incarcerates. The "carceral burden" theory posits that, in imprisoning an individual, the state…
 
Client story: A leaky, portable dishwasher and how it lives to clean another plate. Seasonal home maintenance: What should you be doing to keep your house well maintained? Amy and Alicia share several outside tasks to schedule and complete in the coming autumn months. Listener question: What does it mean to have a SMART HOME? Amy and Alicia are goi…
 
Part 2 of our Deep Dive into Bathrooms is precisely that; the theoretical demo is complete and now it's time to start building your ideal bathroom. Amy gives us an introduction to the logistics of building a bathroom from the studs and just how many options are available to you for the roughly 130 decisions you'll need to make. What kind of shower …
 
Episode 20: Deep Dive - Everything Bathrooms Part 1 Project update: Amy gives an update on the new DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) that AmyWorks is starting in a north Seattle neighborhood. Deep Dive: Bathroom remodel – Amy and Alicia dig into all the pieces involved in undertaking a full bathroom renovation. Can your domestic relationship …
 
Episode 19: Special Guest: Katie Kadwell from Weary Stone Farm Your edible urban oasis. All things raised-bed kitchen gardens! Master Gardener Katie Kadwell talks about her journey founding Weary Stone Farm and how she helps home gardeners design, build, grow and harvest their own backyard feast. Helpful gardening tips and further resources availab…
 
Episode 18: Why is Tom Brady in August’s AARP magazine? · From the field - Amy and Alicia talk to Shannon Hogan, carpenter for AmyWorks, while she’s working on a fancy, new bathroom with fun accoutrements. · Questions from our listeners - “Can I install my TV wall mount in drywall?” and “Can I replace a flush mount light with a veiling fan?” · Tool…
 
This week Amy and Alicia talk about knowing where your mechanical systems are in your house; and maintenance and safety tips for each. · Do you know where your water shut off valve is and does it work? · How to troubleshoot a whole house water leak without waiting for a sky high water bill. · Where is your electrical panel? · Do the wires sag too m…
 
If "Let's Talk...Home Repair " had been created only to publish this episode, it would be a worthy endeavor. This episode is a little different, but in the best way possible . Alicia and Amy welcome 3 special guests: Susan (Construction Estimator), Shannon (Carpenter) and Kayla (Project Manager) all members of the Amyworks team. Rather than listene…
 
Can you handle the truth? In this episode of Let's Talk Reform, Riya Dange and Antoinette Charles delve into the world of investigative journalism with Nicole Lewis, a staff writer for The Marshall Project. Together, they explore the roles of writers and journalists in uncovering social injustices and holding power to account. Then they hone in spe…
 
Episode 15 – Deep dive into doors! Our latest episode explores the world of doors, DADUs and disposals. Amy kicks things off by sharing an exciting new project for AmyWorks, a DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit)! She clears up some misconceptions about the trending living space. Alicia and Amy then take a deep dive into the surprisingly complex…
 
Alicia and Amy welcome special guest Courtney Gebhart of Blue Sound Construction to announce a brand new training opportunity from Seattle Colleges. Courtney has created a new micropathway that she refers to as an "earn and learn" trade program to get more people into residential construction carpentry. Students hired by industry partners (like Amy…
 
Amy and Alicia welcome Coonoor Behal, entrepreneur, author, and recent client of AmyWorks. Coonoor talks about her roots, going back to rural Ohio and heading to the big city on the east coast as soon as she was old enough and now living in Seattle for the past 5 years or so. Coonoor has a small business, Mindhatch LLC (www.mindhatchllc.com) where …
 
How far does the Hippocratic Oath extend? When incoming medical students swear to "do no harm or injustice" to their patients, are they shouldering a responsibility to speak out against social injustices as well as provide medical care? Riya Dange and Antoinette Charles tackle these crucial questions alongside Dr. Edjah Nduom, a Black neurosurgical…
 
Episode 12 – The Leaking Sink Saga This week on Let's Talk...Home Repair! Amy recalls a dripping sink mystery and repair saga. The story reminds us all that sometimes even professionals with the hands-on know-how can run into time-consuming issues. Amy and Alicia reiterate the need for seasonal maintenance and give us a great list for the summertim…
 
Episode 11: Deep dive into basement remodeling. · Update on AmyWorks’ master bath remodel that entailed taking a closet and incorporating it into expanding the bathroom. · Alicia and Amy talk about turning a rough basement into a finished basement. This includes putting in a bathroom with a sewage ejection pump. · What are the requirements for egre…
 
Welcome to another episode of Season 2 of Let's Talk Reform! In our second episode, Riya Dange and Jenna Kanner talk with Katherin Hervey, the director, writer, and producer of the documentary The Prison Within. Hervey's experience as a Los Angeles Public Defender and volunteer prison college instructor inspired her to look into the intricacies of …
 
Alicia and Amy have an in-depth conversation with Selena Fitch of Fitch Design Company. Selena is an interior designer in the Seattle area that has a design process for her clients from creating drawings to submitting plans for permits. They discuss how the pandemic has affected the remodeling market and homeowners’ desires to make renovations. Als…
 
FROM THE FIELD · Talking to Project Manager, Susan, from AmyWorks. Susan talks to us about the lumber prices and how is it affecting the home building and remodeling industry. · A new home built today costs $36,000 more today than the exact same house built a year ago due to the increased lumber costs. · Tariffs, mill closings and Covid…we’re all l…
 
Episode 8 (Season 2). Zing Pop or Zing Welcome back! We are now post-Covid (mostly) and starting season 2 of “Let’s Talk…Home Repair”. Client stories: · Amy talks about a recent project where the client had a gurgling plumbing issue when all the repairs were complete. · Amy then shares a sewer story at her home. What does your sewer card show for y…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Let's Talk Reform! In the first episode of our new season, Riya Dange and Antoinette Charles address the role police have played in harming vulnerable communities of color, a pattern which has garnered more global attention than ever in the past year. They speak with Lisa Broderick, Executive Director of Police2Peace. A busin…
 
After a mid-season hiatus, we are finally back! In Episode 6, Riya Dange and Antoinette Charles speak with lawyer and human rights activist Angelo Pinto. A founding member of Until Freedom and Justice League NYC, Pinto shares his advocacy work leading a criminal justice task force and engaging in last summer’s BLM protests on the front line. Their …
 
In Episode 5, Nuha Naqvi and Jenna Kanner delve into the stark differences in educational opportunities and structure for children in affluent and impoverished neighborhoods, as well as the disparities that exist by race. They are joined by Dr. Jason Ottley, a race scholar and founder of The Bond Educational Group, which strives to promote greater …
 
In Episode 4, Jenna Kanner and Nuha Naqvi discuss the need for diverse representation and equity in education with Dr. Daryl Howard, a public school educator and equity specialist in Montgomery County Public Schools as well as a leadership team member of the Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) Project. The BOND Project is an affinity group foc…
 
In Episode 3, Riya Dange and Antoinette Charles tackle drug criminalization policies with Maritza Perez, the Director of the Office of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance. They explore how current drug policies disproportionately target people of color and discuss Maritza’s work confronting the issue through legislative advocacy. As you li…
 
In Episode 2, Nuha Naqvi and Brice Calco sit down with Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ). We dive right into the advocacy work of CFYJ as it intersects with the Black Lives Matter movement. We discuss current policies that funnel at-risk youth into the prison system and why youth of color are disproportionately arrested a…
 
In Episode 1, Nuha Naqvi and Riya Dange sit down with Dr. Bev-Freda Jackson, Director of Research and Development at the Bond Educational Group and adjunct professor of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. They start at the beginning of the school-to-prison pipeline, with disparities and discrimination in the education system that …
 
Questions from listeners but first one from Amy... Fire extinguisher for your family’s safety... a. Do you have one? b. Do you know where it is? c. How old is it? d. What kind of fires does it extinguish? e. How do you dispose of it if is has expired? Bathroom exhaust fans a. Replace or repair? b. Can a fan be installed in an older home? c. Cleanin…
 
In this episode… Alicia and Amy talk about changing a standard light switch to a dimmable light switch and what to think about before embarking on the task. Be safe! Are your light bulbs and/or fixtures rated for a dimmer switch? Be sure of this before changing things up. Alicia gives a tutorial on changing a switch – step by step. Use wire nuts to…
 
What we got to talkin' about: Alicia and Amy talk about who to hire to do your seasonal home maintenance for you when you don’t want to do AND where to find them i.e. Nextdoor, Craigslist? If you’ve lived in your home for years and want to know the health of your home or if there are major issues you’re unaware about, hire a home inspector to do a …
 
Questions from listeners What kind of decking is recommended for a deck that seems to need stained or painted nearly every year? Composite decking vs real wood decking ¨ What to do with clogged downspouts? ¨ Amy talks about the result of a client’s misguided downspout. ¨ Ladder safety when cleaning the gutters. Be careful! ¨ Pest problems and what …
 
Alicia and Amy tell their stories about cleaning their refrigerator coils Toolbox and tool suggestions for all homeowner! o Toolbox o Multi-bit screwdriver o Wrenches o Drill vs Impact driver o Putty knives o Safety equipment Painting a straight line with caulk – check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5JqqAFMGzo Using local tool lend…
 
Follow-up on hot water tanks. Price and installation costs. Problems with front-loading washing machines and how to tackle them. Performing maintenance on your dryer more than cleaning out the lint basket. Do you need a booster fan for your dryer duct? Alicia’s first dryer story. (wait... there is more than one?!) More problem-solving for your wash…
 
Episode 01 Let’s talk home repair - recorded October 10, 2019 Questions for Amy o Replace or repair your garbage disposal? o Repairing a hot water tank and how long do they last. o Alicia tells about her dishwasher fiasco o Email your questions to askamy@amyworks.com Home maintenance o Clean refrigerator coils. Check out this video https://www.yout…
 
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