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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/.

 

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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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Tips to Beat the Heat & Keep the Team Safe!

Now that summer is fully upon us, so is the scorching heat. Keeping your crew safe is still of the utmost importance. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your team safe.

1) Hydration is key. Have plenty of ice, water and Gatorade on the jobsite.

2) Avoid energy drinks and cigarettes as both make it more difficult for your body to move oxygen throughout your system.

3) Keep junk food and anything fried off the menu. In high heat, these add stress to the body. Make sure everyone’s had a hearty breakfast and keep lunch on the light side. Eating a smaller lunch should also keep your team from hitting the afternoon slump.

4) Whenever possible, work in the cooler part of the day. Ideally, you would want to finish the sun-intensive jobs before 10AM or after 4PM. If you must work in the heat, be sure to have pop-ups or shaded areas for employees. If you can avoid spending hours unprotected in direct sunlight, you’ll be set!

5) Switch up your uniforms. Keep the colors light and the sleeves short and thin. Wearing less material and lighter colors allows the breeze to cool you down and reflect the sun rather than soaking it in. Hats are great too. They keep the sun off your face and neck.


6) Make sure your eyes are covered. You’ll want to keep sand, wind, water, porous materials and of course sunlight out of your eyes while you work. We’ve got glasses in stock that can double as sunglasses and safety glasses.

7) Most important of all, keep an eye on your team. If someone starts stumbling, dropping tools, slurring words, or something out of the norm, it might be time for a break. Lie them down under a tree or in the backseat of a truck, take off their boots, and cool them down.

Knowing the signs of heat stroke and knowing your team’s everyday routines will only help to make each job safer. Do your part to make sure everyone comes prepared and leaves with the job complete.

How To Refinish 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 make your old deck look new again.

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 “new” 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.

Design Your Deck Online In Minutes

With the way this season has been going, any day now the rain and snow days will be behind us and we’ll be into summer in no time. Is your yard ready for the BBQs, entertaining, and lounging to come? If not, fear not!

Our in-store experts can help to figure out what decking material will work best for both your lifestyle and your budget.

Our friends at Simpson have a tool to help make your next DIY project a whole lot easier. Design and layout your deck in just a few minutes with the free, web-based Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck Planner Software™. Watch either of the videos below to learn how quickly you can start enjoying your outdoor living space today! Visit strongtie.com/deckplanner to learn more!

How to Paint Like a Pro

Our friends over at DAP put together this video to show you how you can paint a room like a pro at any skill level. 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!

Green Construction – Where does the contractor fit in?

We’ve written previously about the push for “green” or sustainable building and the rising trends. Many of you have asked, where does the contractor fit in?

While there is truth that the architect and the owner usually make the choice on how green a building is going to be and what (if any) LEED certification they’re going for, contractors play an important role too.

There are a few stops along the way that you have a major influence on. First, you know the product and how it works into the structure of a home. If you’re used to working with one brand and they develop a product that has less environmental impact, you’ll be able to suggest an alternative during the bidding stage of the project.

From there, you are likely going to be the person picking out and picking up the materials. You can talk with the store to see what options are available for your specific set of plans. When it comes to LEED certifications, every detail is essential. If a subcontractor picks up some material and the General Contractor cannot trace back where the product came from, the certification can be denied. In this case, you would have to resubmit the entire material’s package documenting that the proper products are being used.

Once on the job, there are many tools at your disposal for keeping your project green. For starters, you can swap out any old bulbs for LED systems. While yes, you may be slightly paying more for the initial bulb to start, they will last for years longer and lessen the project’s environmental effects.

If you’re building a new home with solar, you can install that first and run that power on the job. This works as a test of the system and saves on-the-job costs.

Whether you’re building a house from the ground-up or repairing a HVAC system, there are simple steps and adjustments you can make to please not only the environment, but the customer and the budget as well.

As we hear of new techniques to try, we’ll be sharing them here for anyone to test out! If you have some ideas, leave them in the comments below and let’s start a conversation!

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