Tahoe Market Customer Appreciation Night 2017

The Tahoe Markets combined their efforts on June 15 and we had a blast! Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section.

 

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Pelican Coolers — Better than Yeti

We’ve recently brought in Pelican coolers into our stores after seeing their demos at a builder show last month. We’ve tested these coolers against Yeti brand coolers, and we have to agree that Pelican beats out the competition.

The coolers retain ice for up to 10 days, compared to Yeti’s 5-7 days. That right there is great. Also, if you’re a camper, this cooler is certified bear proof — without an extra lock like the Yeti coolers.

Want to know the best part of all? Pelican coolers are lifetime guaranteed! If it starts leaking on you, they’ll replace it. If the latch breaks, they’ll replace it. What’s not to like about these coolers, which might we add, are cheaper than the competition too!

Check out some of the benefits below and stop in to check these out today!

  • TALL & SLENDER – Brand new design holds up to 15 cans or 4 bottles of wine upright.
  • SMALL SIZE, BIG CHILL – The convenient carrying size packs in 3 days of ice retention
  • BUILT IN BOTTLE OPENER – The molded-in lock hasp keeps contents safe & serves as a bottle opener.
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN – Thanks to the easy carry handle and grooved body, getting from point A to point B has never been easier on your hands or legs.
  • MOLDED-IN CAN HOLDERS – Holds your beverage for safekeeping.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE – From the latches to the freezer-grade seal to the toughest handles in the business, every part is engineered to our extreme durability and performance standards. Which is why Pelican feels confident in providing you with a Lifetime Guarantee.

 

 

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Affordable Housing — Smaller is Better?

By now you’ve all seen or heard something about “tiny houses.” Some states are tackling their housing shortages by going small.

Oregon is working on passing legislation specifically related to tiny houses, built on site or prefabricated, that are 400 square feet or less. These laws aim to cut back on the affordable housing shortages seen across the state.

Rather than having just anyone build a tiny home, the laws aim to help the builder and the homeowner. These homes would follow building codes, but these would be tweaked to fit the smaller, more narrow spaces and lower ceilings.

If passed, we could see something similar roll through California and Nevada in no time. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments in Oregon or closer to home here.

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Martell Customer Appreciation Night 2017

Our Martell event on June 01 was a blast! Our customers and their families, our vendors, and our employees all spent an evening of laughs, stories, and fun together. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the final event for the season in Tahoe on June 15!

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Construction Trends to Watch in 2017

We’re almost half of the way through the year and now that the sun has finally come out, everyone’s back to building!

With five months behind us, we can see that the industry is booming with business. Now that everything is starting to dry out, we’ve seen a few indicators of what’s to come in the meantime.

First, there are only so many bodies in the market. Many contractors and union workers are seeing a labor shortage. After the bust, many people had to find different career paths. That said, there is huge potential with the younger generation. With on-the-job training, and in some cases, technical schooling, younger people can learn from the experts and start a career right away.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is the tiny house movement. These smaller homes, paired with other modular builds, are growing in popularity. On the homeowner’s side, these are less expensive due to lower material costs and shortened build times. On the builder’s side, these homes can be built quicker and safer because most work can be done inside and supervised throughout the process.

Across the board, experts are pontificating cross-work is going to rise throughout the remainder of the year. Teams of people can get jobs done quicker and more efficiently overall which benefits both sides.

That said, we’re seeing the cost of raw materials increase. Once the trees dry out, we should have a better picture of what quality and quantity of materials we will be able to get and pass along to you.

As always, technology has some fun things in store for us in 2017. Between Virtual Reality applications, drone capabilities, and bluetooth tools, this year will have all job types covered. Most tool companies are working on power tools that will do more, with less charge and more battery power. Beyond that, gone are the days of having your tools stolen. Many are including bluetooth function in their tools and batteries so you can track battery levels, performance, and of course, location.

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Chico Customer Appreciation Night 2017

Our Chico event on May 18 was a blast! Our customers and their families, our vendors, and our employees all spent an evening of laughs, stories, and fun together. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event in Martell on June 01!

 

 

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Nevada Market Customer Appreciation Night 2017

The Nevada Markets combined their efforts to host over 355 customers on May 04! We had a blast! Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

 

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

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Rocklin Customer Appreciation Night 2017

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

Our Rocklin event on April 20 was a blast! We had over 330 customers spend their Thursday night with us. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

 

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Skip the Lines & Call Ahead

Here at Meek’s, we know how busy your day can be. Whether you’re running from job to job or right in the middle of a big project, your time is precious.

Did you know, we offer a “Call Ahead” service that allows you to get in and out of our store as quickly as possible so you can be on your way.

If you haven’t taken advantage of this service yet, give your local store a call. We’ll pull your materials and have them waiting for you when you get to the store. Then you just pull up to the gate and someone will help you load.

With just two-hours notice, we’ll have you in and out in minutes! Visit your store for more information today!

 

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OSHA’s New Silica Standards

As you know OSHA is always working to keep workers as safe as possible. Recently, OSHA issued two new rules to protect you from exposed respirable crystalline silica.

So what exactly is that and how does it affect you? If you ever use drills, grinders or jackhammers, chip things by hand, or operate heavy demolition equipment, chances are, you’ve been exposed to the chemical dust. Estimates show that about two million construction workers are exposed to silica.

Under the new standards, any process that exceeds the permissible exposure limit (PEL) must be adapted to lower the level of exposure. For example, if you’re using a handheld power saw on any affected materials, you have to swap to a system that feeds water continuously to the blade.

If you’re looking to cut siding, but you don’t want to use a water saw, you might want to look into the Bullet Tools SharpShooter. It is perfect for cutting siding because not only does it not need electricity, it is dust free! Forget masks, messy cleanups, or exposure to silica.

While many jobs are affected, it is important to note that if you’re pouring concrete or removing concrete formwork, you’re only exposed to low levels.

To find out more on the exact PELs and how to measure them, learn more about what equipment is affected and the required protection factors, and/ or to find out additional information, please visit http://www.osha.gov/silica.

 

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