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Expo is Coming May 3, 2019!

Many have asked, many have guessed, and many are (hopefully) ready for some news…

Meek's 100 Year Anniversary

Expo is coming May 3, 2019! This event is going to be bigger, bolder, and better than ever before. Meek’s opened its doors back in 1919 and we’re ringing in our 100 Year Anniversary with a bang!

Join us 05/03/19 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV from 7AM – 2PM.

We will have over 120 vendors from across the country all in one place offering specials on almost any item in their catalog.

Be ready for loads of product demos, screaming deals, and of course tons of prizes.

This event is completely free. You can sign up on our website HERE and save your space!

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3 Tips for Better Caulking and Sealing from DAP

Painting your walls can be a lot of work, but following these three tips can help save you from making time-intensive mistakes. Steve Padgett has some useful tips to make a successful paint job.

Before painting, look for all your edges and anything connected to the wall. This is the best time to apply caulk and sealant to make sure everything fits well together. Inspect window sills, frames, molding, trim, and chair rails. You don’t want to paint over a crack and only rely on the paint to make that seal.

To get a more consistent flow from your caulk gun, start at your nearside and push the gun away from you. If you put consistent pressure on the trigger, you won’t have gaps or slumping with your sealant.

Lastly, make sure to patch up any wall holes before you paint, including large nail holes. But, instead of using a sealant, use a spackling paste or wood filler, such as DAP Crackshot or DAP Plastic Wood. Sealants dry to a rubbery texture, which is difficult to sand down.

Give Old Things New Life!

Create a new, interesting look with your old belongings using Rust-Oleum’s 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint. This paint and primer in one lets your creativity run free without the worry of time!

With a few minutes of elbow grease and a few sprays of paint, you’ll have a brand new item to match your space!

Very Exciting News From Meek’s!

We have some exciting news to share with you, our loyal customers and fans. Today marks the start of the next era of growth for Meek’s. Angeles Equity Partners (“Angeles”) and Clearlake Capital Group (“Clearlake”), leading private investment firms, have acquired the Meek’s Lumber Company with the full support and endorsement of the Meek family. These experienced building products investors have purchased Meek’s to grow it nationally, make it stronger, and become an even more valuable partner to you.

Angeles and Clearlake recognize and appreciate the tremendous responsibility to build upon the strong foundation the Meek family has assembled over four generations. The Meek’s legacy of quality and personalized service will continue as we strive to always be “The Builder’s Choice”. Meek’s will continue to earn the right to your business every day. We know this is a people business built on local relationships.

We are thankful to our customers and look forward to serving you for years to come!

To find out more, please visit https://bit.ly/2Q6WeDx.

Lumber Byproducts — Where Do They Go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the other parts of the tree that don’t make it into your next 2×4? Our friends down at Humboldt Redwood walk us through the byproducts creation process, including the different products that are offered, and how they may be used. To learn more about their operations, please visit https://mendoco.com/.

 

How to Stain & Restore Your Wood Deck

We’re back with another deck-related how-to. This one is courtesy of our friends at Duckback.

Do you have a natural wood deck that you absolutely love, but it’s starting to look weathered? While you certainly can replace the deck with a composite or PVC material, you can also take a little time and restore your deck to its former glory!

Watch the video below to see what a little elbow grease can do for you and your deck. It’s a simple as mix, pour, brush, wash, dry, and repeat. With these tips, you’ll have a refreshed deck in no time!

Share your before and after photos with us, using the #MeeksWestern and #TransformationTuesday. We’ll share some of our favorites on our Instagram.

How to Choose the Right Caulk for Your Project

Our friends over at DAP put together this video to help guide you when it comes to choosing the right caulk for your project.

Check it out and stop in one of our stores today where one our experts can help you find the right product for your project! We’ll see you soon!

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety App.

HeatIndexApp_phoneWe can’t quite tell yet when the cool-down is coming or if the heat-waves will continue for months.

Thankfully, OSHA and NIOSH have partnered up to create the “OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool” to keep team members safe nationwide.

This app will help you plan out your days and jobs to know what temperature it will be outside and better yet, what it will feel like temperature wise.

Not only can it forecast out by location, it also will give you occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH. As a bonus, you’ll be able to access information on signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and get first aid tips right from the palm of your hand!

Download the app to your smartphone today by clicking one of the buttons below or for more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatapp.html.

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Shop & Buy Online @ MeeksShop.com!

Did you know that in addition to the items on our store shelves and lumber racks, we have an online warehouse with over 67,000 items?

Head on over to MeeksShop.com and start searching! Once you find something you like, click “Add to Cart.” From there, it’s as easy as searching by zip code to select your local Meek’s store. Select the “Ship to Store” option and you’ll get FREE shipping! Then complete your checkout and we’ll give you a call when it comes in and have it ready for you to pickup.

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