Earthquake Preparedness

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The recent small tremor felt on the North Peninsula had me thinking back to the article published by the NY Times titled “The Really Big One”. I’m sure that most of us have heard of the article or at least witnessed the panic than ensued through social media and news outlets over the story, but we have been hearing something of this “Big One” for generations in the area.

The bad news is that we can really do nothing to stop such large geological events from happening; the good news is we can prepare.

Our preparations, if done correctly and completely can make such events that can severely disrupt our lives much more manageable and less stressful for ourselves, our family and in the community at large. It can be argued that preparation falls into the category of a civic responsibility in a smaller community like we have on the North Peninsula. Prepared, we can be much less of a strain on the infrastructure. The infrastructure is bound to be handicapped or at worst, nonfunctional for an extended amount of time during an emergency brought about from a natural occurring event.Web-Lines

A wise man once said that the separation is in the preparation. Through the media we have seen the unprepared lined up at grocery stores, hardware stores and gas stations before predictable storms and after unpredictable events.

Isn’t it nice to know you have the choice not to be one of those people?

Hartnagel-suppliesPreparation supplies should include a first aid kit, survival tools and emergency water and food. Storage of enough supplies to last at least 3 days should be the minimum, but many recommendations say to prepare for 3 weeks. For the preparedness to ideally work these items should be used only in the event of an emergency and stored in a container that is easy to transport encase you need to travel quickly.

The following list was taken from both the CDC website section on earthquake preparedness and The American Red Cross website.
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Our combined list can be downloaded HERE as a .pdf for use as a checklist. This list will ONLY apply for your home and NOT for your automobile or workplace. Both links to the CDC and the American Red Cross have thorough information on how to best prepare and act in case of a natural emergency and refreshing your knowledge on what to do for and your family is a great idea for all to review.

Items in BLUE can be bought In-store at either of our Port Angeles locations listed below.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. 1601 S. “C” Street
Hartnagel Building Supply 3111 HWY 101 East

First Aid Kit
Store your first aid supplies in a tool box or fishing tackle box unless you have a self-contained kit, like we sell at our stores, so they will be easy to carry and protected from water. Inspect your kit regularly and keep it freshly stocked. NOTE: Important medical information and most prescriptions can be stored in the refrigerator, which also provides excellent protection from fires.

Our self-contained First Aid kits found in both stores contains all items marked in ORANGE.

Drugs/Medications
• Hydrogen peroxide to wash and disinfect wounds
• Antibiotic ointment
• Individually wrapped alcohol swabs
• Aspirin and non-aspirin tablets
• Prescriptions and any long-term medications (keep these current)
• Diarrhea medicine
• Eye wash

Dressings
• Bandage strips
• Ace bandages
• Rolled gauze
• Cotton-tipped swabs
• Adhesive tape roll
Other First Aid Supplies
• First aid book
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• Latex Gloves
• Eye dropper
• Thermometer
• Bar soap
• Tissues
• Sunscreen
• Paper cups
• Pocket knife
• Small plastic bags
• Safety pins
• Needle and thread
• Instant cold packs for sprains
• Sanitary napkins
• Splinting materials

Tools and supplies
• Ax, shovel, broom
• Screwdriver, pliers, hammer, adjustable wrench
• Rope for towing or rescue
• Plastic sheeting and tape
• Aluminum foil

Items for safety and comfort
• Candles
• Waterproof matches
• Change of clothing
• Can opener
• Tupperware
• Garden hose (for siphoning and firefighting)
• Tent
• Recreational supplies for children and adults
• Portable radio
• Flashlight
• Multiple batteries and sizes
• Eyeglasses
• Fire extinguisher — multipurpose, dry chemical type
• Food and water for pets
• Paper, pencil
• Cash

Sanitation
• Toilet paper
• Liquid detergent
• Feminine supplies
• Plastic garbage bags and ties
• Plastic bucket with tight lid
• Disinfectant
• Household chlorine bleach
• Poop bags and scooper for pet waste

Clothing and Bedding
• Sturdy shoes that can provide protection from broken glass, nails, and other debris
• Gloves (heavy and durable for cleaning up debris)
• Rain gear
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Warm clothing
• Sunglasses (keep your spare eyeglasses in the emergency kit, too.)

Documents
• Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
• Passports, social security cards, immunization records
• Bank account numbers
• Credit card account numbers and companies
• Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
• Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Water
• Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
• Store one gallon of water per person per day. Don’t forget your pets.
• Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).
• Change this water every six months.
• Water filters sold in camping and outdoor stores are a great alternative to bleach disinfection.
• Household liquid bleach can be used to kill microorganisms: Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite.
Do not use scented bleaches, colorsafe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners.
• Add 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odor, repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes.
• The only agent used to treat water should be household liquid bleach. Other chemicals, such as iodine water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.

Food
• Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables.
• Canned juices, milk, soup
• Sugar, salt, pepper
• High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix; foods that will not increase thirst.
• Vitamins
• Foods for infants, elderly, persons with special dietary needs
• Comfort/stress foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags.
• Pet food, at least one ounce per animal pound per day.
• Avoid foods like rice, pasta and dry beans that require a great deal of water to prepare.
• Remember to restock your food once a year.

**Remember to include special needs family members such as a baby or an older person might have. It is also good to store in a water proof plastic bag important family documents (passports, wills, medical records etc.) along with your earthquake survival kit.

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Josh Bergesen, Advertising Coordinator
Lumber Traders, INC.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply

Treated Right – The Platinum Tape, a blog by Kelly Fox

wHISKEY-SODA2Have you ever felt like you did not get what you paid for? At one point or another in life all of us will have that feeling. It is a lot like a bourbon and soda that is nearly all soda. In every business there is an opportunity to cut a corner or reduce an expense by taking out some of the “good stuff”.  At Angeles Millwork and Lumber Company and Hartnagel Building Supply, we are all about putting more of the “good stuff” back into what you are buying.

Against some national competitors, we see that products are being sold into our market space that are a far cry from what they used to be.

A great example is in pressure treated lumber. It is not always rated for ground contact, even though it looks and feels just like the same product you can buy at every other lumber yard in the area.

In some cases, the same pressure treated lumber they sell is a construction grade that is not even building code approved.

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To give you more of what you want for your money, we will only sell incised pressure treated lumber that is rated for ground contact and building code compliant. Our NatureDeck© treated decking product is a premium Douglas Fir and rated for above ground use because of the intended application.

Other product benefits we sell are not always as clear cut as the differences in our treated lumber but they are equally as important. For example, the cedar decking products at our stores, from the 5/4 x4 to the 2×6, are kiln dried so that you can finish your project quickly. Green decking products require them to be installed and seasoned well beyond being dry on the surface, before you can apply the deck stain of your choice. (When you deck stain does not last as long as the can said it would, your deck was probably not as dry as it should have been.)

Our kiln dried decking products can be installed, stained, and enjoyed about eight weeks faster than product bought as green or wet. Your time and effort are worth something to us and dry decking is one way that we can prove it.

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On top of the products you buy, service is the “good stuff” that many people need when they do not speak the home repair or building language. Rather than asking you to learn to speak building materials, our stores will spend more than 1000 hours in 2016 dedicated to training on our products and services so that we are better at speaking your language when you stop by. I am confident that you will enjoy the difference!

When you choose to buy from us, you will get what you pay for. Sometimes we will be less expensive and sometimes we will be more. The one thing you should never have to question is the value you receive or wonder if you got any scotch with your soda!

 

As you shop the stores, visit us online, or have questions about the products we sell compared to our competition, please ask the salesperson or email me at kellyf@lumbertradersinc.com and we will be happy to help.

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Warm Regards,

Kelly Fox, CEO
Lumber Traders, INC.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply

Tyvek Product Knowledge Breakfast for Contractors & Crew

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All licensed contractors and their crew are welcome!

You’re invited to join us for a Tyvek product demonstration & training with breakfast on us.

7 a.m. Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 @ the Fairmont Restaurant (map below)

 

  • presented by representatives from OrePac and Tyvek
  • product demonstrations and training
  • discussion on better building science as it regards to building envelopes and energy conservation
  • demonstrations on installation of windows, doors and penetrations that will reduce callbacks and claims
  • participants will also have the opportunity to schedule free Tyvek certified installer training and job site walks.
  • ten-year product AND labor warranty from DuPont Tyvek with certification

Please RSVP at joshb@lumbertradersinc.com with contractor’s license number and names of those attending.

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Senate Bill 6415

Yesterday Kelly Fox, CEO of Lumber Traders Inc. parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply was asked to speak to the Senate Education Committee for K-12 programs about the need for Career and Technical Education in our community.

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Senate Bill 6415 is designed to maintain the funding for shop classes in our schools along with other skilled trade programs.

Kelly looks at skilled trades and high school shop classes as a future pipeline for employees going to work for our customers or coming to work for one of our stores. We all recognize how hard it is to find skilled people and losing even one more potential source is too much. Taking things a step further, the future of our county is dependent on a trained workforce that does not always need to be college educated. Without the CTE programs, our young people in the community may leave the area to find work in the urban markets.  In turn our community, along with our stores, struggle to remain viable.

If you want to learn more you can watch the video here. Kelly’s contribution starts at the 44:16 mark.

If any of you ever get the chance or feel so moved to speak on an issue to our legislature, Kelly encourages others to speak up and have their voice heard.

Things may not always go your way but you will have done your part in supporting your cause in the legislative process.

For the issue with SB 6415, it is not likely to make it out of committee and that does spell trouble for our programs going forward. Next year the budgets renew and hopefully there will be a much better chance to get the funding needed to maintain our CTE programs!

 

19th Annual Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo at Sequim High School

BLOG-Sequim-Expo-DigitalCome out to the Building, Remodeling and Energy Expo at Sequim High School Saturday, February 13th and Sunday the 14th and talk with our contractor and retail sales professionals as well as vendor representatives about the newest in products, improvement ideas and how to increase efficiency for your next home improvement or building project.

Ron-and-Alan-Expo-BoothAngeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply will have a fully encompassed booth built by our employee owners Ron and Alan Amaya with full scale examples of interior and exterior building materials from Weyerhaeuser, Allura siding, Therma Tru Doors, Jeld-Wen Windows and Rogue Valley Doors.

We will also be giving away four $250 Gift Cards!

The Platinum Tape

The-Platinum-Tape As I talk with various customers and community partners about the building materials industry, I am always fascinated by the stories I hear about the connection to the place we call home. From the first time home buyer keen on getting his first man cave, the couple downsizing as they prepare to travel, and the families in between; the home is always full of memories and hope.

Being a local provider for the building materials that will eventually become homes means that we are rewarded by being a real part to those memories. This whole concept is something we hold dearly in our approach and our responsibility.

If our business took a one size fits all approach to our customers, it would be nearly impossible for us to recognize the uniqueness that is you. When you work with our staff to expand a deck or improve your view with new windows, we strive to give you our best effort for those that will enter your home. If you are not particularly handy with a hammer and decide to hire a contractor, our vision is still the same, to help you feel confident and more at comfort in the place you call home.

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The Golden Rule.

In late 2015, the entire team at Hartnagel Building Supply and Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. went through training that focused our efforts to be absolutely great for our customers. We started by addressing our underlying assumptions that we think the customers want to be treated like us.

The Platinum Rule.

If we were ever going to match the unique needs of each customer we needed to learn what it means to treat them how they want to be treated.

In the next phase of training we looked at our processes when handling customer’s orders and the internal process that sometimes creates hurdles to treating the customer with the platinum mentality.

Much like our other assumptions, we are trashing many of them with the goal that every part of our process becomes as customer centric as possible and we measure that success with a “platinum tape”.

Customers ultimately deserve to receive an experience and products tailored just for them and we get the benefit of having great relationships with our customers!

When you’re ready for your next project or just need some friendly advice before you get started, I encourage you to drop by, give us a call, or send your carrier pigeon and see the difference we are making for you!

On behalf of all the employee owners at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply, thank you for choosing local.

 

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Warm Regards,

Kelly Fox, CEO
Lumber Traders, INC.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply

The Log Driver’s Waltz

When the first sawmills were established, they were usually small water powered facilities located near the source of timber. Later, larger circular sawmills were developed in the lower reaches of a river, with the logs floated down to them by log drivers.  In the smaller, wilder stretches of a river, rafts couldn’t get through, so masses of individual logs were driven down the river like huge herds of cattle.

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From The National Film Board of Canada, this lighthearted, animated short is based on the song “The Log Driver’s Waltz” by Wade Hemsworth. Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing along to the tale of a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to marry a log driver over his more well-to-do competitor. Driving logs down the river has made the young man the best dancing partner to be found.

Paint Disposal Procedures in Clallam County

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Recent research shows that latex paint and stains can safely be put in the garbage for disposal at a landfill, as long as the paint is dry or solidified first. Based on this research Clallam County no longer accepts latex paint at their waste facility.

Dumped illegally, liquid latex paint can be a hazard by plugging or damaging septic fields, overloading sewage treatment plants and creating environmental hazards on the ground.

Residents should dry out latex paint and stains and put it in the garbage with the lid off, using one of several methods:

Air:

  • Remove the lid and let the paint dry out in the can
  • Protect from freezing and rain as well as curious children and animals
  • This only works when an inch or less of paint is left in the can and is most effective in the warmer months.

Cat litter:

  • Mix latex paint with an equal amount of clay-based cat litter
  • Stir in completely and let the paint dry. It takes about 10 minutes for the cat litter to harden.
  • Add more cat litter if the paint is soft or runny after 10 minutes. Repeat until the material is very thick.
  • Sawdust, dirt, and shredded paper can be tried as alternatives to cat litter.
  • If there is not enough room in the paint can to stir in enough cat litter to dry it all out, pour off paint into any plastic or cardboard container that is large enough to hold the material, including a yogurt container, plastic tub, shoebox, or other convenient container.

Paint hardener:

  • Mix latex paint or stain with commercial paint hardener according to the directions.
  • At the end of that time, paint will have a tacky, oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.

Other ideas of using up latex paint or stains:

  • Use the paint when painting a garage, dog house or use as a primer coat for another painting project.
  • Donate excess paint to a school, theater group or non-profit agency.

Be sure it’s latex paint or stain! Look on the label for the word “latex,” or for directions to clean up or thin with water.

Once the latex paint has hardened or solidified, place the can with the lid off in your garbage container. The garbage hauler needs to see that the paint has been solidified.

Oil-based paints and stains should be brought to the Regional Transfer Station for proper disposal.
Hours are Wednesday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you have additional questions about household hazardous waste disposal, please contact Environmental Health using their email form or call them @ 360-417-2258.

Located after the scales, this facility accepts typical household hazardous waste. It is processed, stored, and later transferred for safe disposal or recycling.

A complete list of items that are accepted at no charge include:
  • Household cleaners
  • Lawn and garden supplies
  • Old gasoline (you leave your container)
  • Pesticides and poisons
  • Solvents
  • Oil based paints

Attendants will remove items from your car. Quick and easy!

This facility does not accept business waste. Call Recycling at 360-417-4874 for a list of private companies that service Clallam county.

Reuse Area
Products in good condition such as stain, fertilizer, oil-based paints, household cleaners, or plant food are separated for re-use. Residents can visit the reuse area and take products home (during facility open hours only).

Oil, Anti-Freeze & Auto Batteries Drop-Off Area
The recycling drop-off area for oil, anti-freeze, and batteries is located after the scales and adjacent to the Moderate Risk Waste Facility. There is no charge for this service.

More information can be found at
Clallam County website
City of Port Angeles website

 

Lumber Commodity Price List 12-30-2015

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As many of you know, lumber is a commodity with prices fluctuating weekly due to market conditions. With our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet we look to keep you as informed as possible about those prices.  Click on the price list for a downloadable or printable .PDF version.

All prices subject to change without notice, please contact us to verify stock availability.

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