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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 ...
 
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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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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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