80 Years Young

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Celebrating 80 Years of Serving Central New York

2017 marks our 80th year in business. 80 Years of serving the Central New York community we call home. 80 years of helping homeowners and contractors build this warm and welcoming community, one building at a time. 80 years of changing economics, changing technology, changing environmental issues, and changing needs. Through it all, we have adapted, changed, grown, and met the changing needs of our customers.

Through eight decades, there are just a few things that haven’t changed: our local ownership, and our focus on providing friendly, experienced, informed service to those who trust us with their needs.

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Delivery truck circa 1975

The world was a very different place in 1937, when Joseph T. Kelly and Thomas Jones (the “J” and “K” that inspired our name) founded JAY-K Lumber. Since 1938, we’ve maintained the same location for our headquarters on Seneca Turnpike, growing along with the amazing economic development of the area. In 1941, Mr. Jones sold his interest in the business to the Kellys, and ownership has remained in the Kelly family ever since.

Over the years, we’ve made many changes, including one of the first “drive-through” lumber yards, drive-through buildings, a drive-up window, specialized showrooms, and much more. We’ve also earned your respect and appreciation, receiving accolades that included “Business of the Year” and “Retailer of the Year”.

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Dean Kelly

Our current owners, cousins Dean and Jonas Kelly, became the third generation to oversee JAY-K Lumber. Under their leadership, personal and professional service, along with top quality products, continue to be our mainstays. Contractors and retail customers alike depend on us for great products and exemplary customer service. Dean and Jonas have also continued our tradition of saying “thank you” by giving back to the community that has given so much to us, with regular donations to numerous local charitable organizations.

As we celebrate 80 years of community service, we extend our sincerest appreciation for the tireless dedication of our exceptional employees, and for something we never take for granted: your continued support. Thank you.


5th Annual Shred Day: January 16, 2017

Shredded paperJoin us for our 5th Annual Shred Day, featuring our partners Confidata and Deb Cabral, the DeClutter Coach. We’ll have the Confidata truck in our parking lot to shred up to 5 banker boxes of your confidential paper waste, and on-location advice for organizing your life this year. The event runs from 9:00am to 11:00am on Monday, January 16th, and is free!

Confidata’s mobile shredding truck will be with us to shred your confidential documents while you watch from a monitor outside the truck. You have the security of knowing that it’s shredded, and you help protect the environment by recycling your unwanted paper.

confidatatruckDeb Cabral, the DeClutter Coach, will also be on hand to help with your organization plans for 2017. She’ll help with organizing tools, advice for decluttering your home, and tips for keeping your year stress-free.

We’ll also have great deals on home improvement products in the store, so stop in after your shredding is done.

Put it on your calendar now!

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Black Friday/Small Business Saturday: Discounts, Savings & Sales

Make sure you take advantage of home improvement discounts for Black Friday, and let us thank you for your support of small businesses by giving you even more sales the next day: Small Business Saturday!

Special Deals

Black Friday is a great time to purchase that outdoor furniture or grill you’ve been hoping would go on sale. And we even have a deal on power tools, which you can put to good use year round.

Black Friday (Nov. 25, 2016) deals include:

  • Poly furniture: $100 off, in-store only, while supplies last; includes gliders, rockers, and tables
  • Weber Grills:  $100 off Genesis and Performer, $50 off Spirit, in-store only, while supplies last
  • Power tools: 30% off
    • Stanley Bostitch
    • DeWalt
    • Porter Cable
    • Bosch
    • Milwaukee
    • Black and Decker
    • Makita
    • excludes doorbusters and Festool
  • Buy a $50 gift card and receive a bonus gift card of $10*
  • Buy a $100 gift card and receive a bonus gift card of $20*

Something for Free

For Small Business Saturday, we’re thanking you with phenomenal deals on seasonal favorites like the Eden indoor heater, as well as our birdfeeders and free seed with your purchase. We also make it easier for you decide on the perfect gift, with FREE gift cards (see details below)!

Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26, 2016) deals include:

  • Eden Pure heater: extra $50 off the already low sale price of $149.99
  • Buy a birdfeeder, and receive a 20lb. bag of seed for free
  • Buy a $50 gift card and receive a bonus gift card of $10*
  • Buy a $100 gift card and receive a bonus gift card of $20*

*Maximum bonus gift card is $100

While you’re here, find everything you need for your next project. See you on Friday and Saturday!


Murphy Wins Customer Service Award

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Call it Murphy’s Law: Elizabeth Murphy, from our Windows & Doors Department, believes every customer deserves a well-informed, pleasant experience when they come to JAY-K Lumber. Her dedication has paid off, as she was recognized by the Central New York Retail Lumber Dealers Association with a 2016 Outstanding Customer Service Award at its annual meeting in Cicero November 4th.

Elizabeth, who has been with JAY-K Lumber for 8 years, prides herself on customer satisfaction, and spends many hours preparing—reading blue prints, and offering suggestions on designs, colors, grill patterns, and window and door construction—so her customers can make well-informed decisions. After talking with a customer about their needs, she will research many companies to get exactly what they want. Customers have said that Elizabeth is especially good at explaining the features, benefits, and trade-offs of all of the window and door products available.

“We’re so proud of her,” said Karen Gerace, JAY-K Lumber Store Manager. “She exemplifies everything we stand for, and is a great example of our experienced staff. It’s what sets us apart.”

Elizabeth has an extensive background in design, with a degree from Cazenovia College.


Recall Notice: Dehumidifiers

Midea-manufactured dehumidifiers, some of which have been sold at our store, have been recalled by the manufacturer due to a possible smoke/fire hazard. A number of brands are manufactured by this company, so you must check to see if your model is on the recall list (see link below).

The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards. The company is offering replacement or a partial refund, depending on when your unit was manufactured.

If yours is on the list—confirmed at the link below—you should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifier and contact GD Midea for either a replacement unit or a partial refund. Consumers whose dehumidifiers were manufactured before October 1, 2008 will receive a partial refund, not a replacement. The manufacturing dates can be found on the back of units.

Find more information on the Midea Recall page.


Traeger: A Grill Like You’ve Never Seen Before

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The perfect deck needs the perfect grill, and we have just the thing: the Traeger.

Traeger is a pioneer in wood-fired grills. Yes, wood-fired. They invented the original wood pellet grill in 1987, and have been perfecting and improving it ever since. Traeger likes to say, “It’s a fact—cooking with wood tastes better.”

They use pure hardwood as the fuel for their signature flavor. Traeger owners and barbecue enthusiasts agree that what they love most about their grill is the wood-fired flavor. Because the fuel is used to cook food (rather than provide heat), the pellets are a special variety made to provide heat and smoke safe for consumption. (You don’t want to use your pellet stove fuel for this one!)

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Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite 22

The Traeger is also versatile: you can use it to cook any of six different ways: grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise & barbecue. It allows you to cook hot and fast or low and slow. When you fire up your Traeger, you’re the master of all trades and foods, from baby back ribs to wood-fired pizza, smoky mac & cheese, and even homemade apple pie! Anything you can cook up in your head, you can cook up on your Traeger.

The Traeger grill’s ease of use and simple controls let you focus on what matters: your food, your family, and your friends. Their digitally controlled convection heating system simplifies wood-fired cooking, allowing for easy temperature settings, much like your oven.

Consistent temperature gives you consistent results, meaning you can craft the perfect meal rather than tend to the fire. Traeger manages the temperature for you, cutting out a major variable in achieving consistent results when grilling. You can finally master that brisket recipe or take on a whole roasted chicken, knowing you can replicate perfect results. Hey, someone has to be the backyard hero, right?

Traeger also has an active user community, where they swap food and recipes, tips and tricks, victories, and learning experiences. You’ll also receive a new recipe each day, and VIP customer service. The company likes to call it “Traegering”.

Stop in to see what makes the Traeger special, then enter to win one for free!


Tiny Houses Coming to JAY-K Lumber

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You may have seen them on TV, or read about them, but they’re taking the housing world by storm. They’re called “tiny houses”, and many people are interested in them as primary residences.

Tiny houses tend to be very small, built on-site or delivered intact quite inexpensively, are low-cost and low-maintenance, and have a much lower impact on the environment. Some see them as perfect inexpensive first homes, while others see them as great retirement homes for low-cost living, or simply low-footprint living in a world short on resources.

Soon you can get a first hand look—inside and out—at a tiny house right at our store. We’ll also have a talk about tiny houses, followed by a question-and-answer session, with Bill Rockhill, President of Bear Creek Tiny Houses in Woodgate, NY. Bill has been building tiny houses for more than 20 years.

Our event, “Bear Creek Tiny Houses, featuring Integrity Windows”, will be at our New Hartford location at 8448 Seneca Turnpike on Wednesday, August 17th, from 1pm-6pm. The tiny house will be on site and open for viewing starting at 1pm, followed by a one-hour talk (including Q&A), beginning at 5pm. In addition to the day-long activities, a film crew will be capturing the events of the day for the TV docu-series “Bear Creek Tiny Houses: Big Stories”. The day’s events are free and open to the public.

Recently, tiny houses have become a center point of popular culture. Many people are considering buying or building tiny houses, or want to know more about them. You’ll find few people who know more about tiny houses than Bill Rockhill. For more than 20 years, he and his family have been building durable tiny houses for a range of customers across the country and Canada.

Bear Creek, which specializes in tiny houses on wheels (THOW), has been featured on HGTV and the Travel Channel, as well as television programs like Tiny House Hunters and Extreme RV.

Bill has been sharing his knowledge, experience, and stories with audiences across the country on television, and he has agreed to spend time in person with JAY-K Lumber customers! Whether you’re an experienced professional or someone who just wants to find out more about tiny houses and see one up close, you’ll enjoy Bill’s informative personal stories and interactive question and answer session.

About the Docu-Series

“Bear Creek Tiny Houses: Big Stories” is a docu-series that chronicles the world of tiny houses through the eyes of Bill Rockhill. Filming for the past year, the show centers on Bill and his family in their Adirondack community, and focuses on the personal lives of those in the tiny house community. To quote Bill, “The houses may be tiny, but the stories are big!”

To learn more:

Bear Creek Tiny Houses: BearCreekTinyHouses.com
Bear Creek Tiny Houses Big Stories: TinyHousesBigStories.com


Warning: Emerald Ash Borers Spreading

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small green invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. How bad is it? The EAB is responsible for the destruction of more than 50 million ash trees in the U.S. since it was first discovered (in North America) in Michigan in 2002. It has since been found in more than 18 states and Canada. This metallic green beetle is native to East Asia, and was imported to the U.S. within the wood of shipping crates from China. It’s all been downhill from there.

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Photo: Howard Russell, MI State U.

The adults live on the outside of ash trees, feeding on the leaves during the summer. The larvae look similar to white grubs, and feed on the living plant tissue beneath the bark. The trees are killed by the tunneling activity of the larvae under the tree’s bark, which disrupts the vascular flow. Most trees die within just 2 to 4 years of becoming infested.

The EAB can only fly a few miles, which helps slow its natural spread, but it’s easily transported to new areas when people inadvertently move the larvae inside of infested firewood, ash nursery stock, and other ash items. Remember not to move firewood from infested areas into non-infested areas!

Photo: David Cappaert
Photo: David Cappaert

Emerald Ash Borer Facts:

  • Adults are typically bright metallic green
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  • Eggs are laid in bark crevices or cracks, and hatch after 2 weeks. Larvae chew through the bark to the phloem and cambium layers and feed, creating serpentine tunnels which effectively girdle the tree
  • In the fall, larvae develop into pupae, and become adults the following spring. Adults exit a tree by chewing a characteristic “D-shaped” hole in the bark

Our In-Stock Solution: Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control

We carry Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control, made by Bonide, proven to be an effective treatment for the emerald ash bore. We have this product in stock now, and the application is straightforward:

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  • Apply as a drench around the root flare of trees for total protection
  • One application lasts an entire year
  • Apply anytime except when soil is water saturated or frozen

If you have ash trees, take a moment to learn more before you take action. Although the EAB threat is real, make sure you understand the specific risk to your trees, the regulations and quarantines, and your options, before destroying these beautiful trees (or losing substantial income from your woodlot). Learn more here.


Paint Myth or Fact? Busting Myths and Helpful Tips

By Paint Expert Sam Rudolph

This is the first of our new “Myth or Fact?” series. Our topic is busting paint myths, specifically painting (or staining) treated wood. Let’s dispel the 2 biggest myths…

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Myth or Fact: Treated lumber should weather a season before treating.

The old wisdom was to let the saturated, treated lumber dry out before applying a stain or finish. Even though treated lumber has a higher moisture content, leaving it exposed to the weather (especially the sun) still damages the surface. This damage actually prevents the coating from bonding properly, and leads to premature failure. So treat your treated lumber as soon as it’s dry enough to accept a coating. You can test it by dropping some water on the surface. If it soaks in, it’s dry enough; if it beads, then wait a little longer. We recommend coating within a month of exposure to the elements!

Myth or Fact: Treated lumber can be painted.

Because treated lumber is made from faster-growing varieties of southern yellow pine, it has a wide grain pattern. This wide grain pattern, combined with the treating process, will often lead to very fine checking (small cracks in the wood surface). Even properly applied paint with the appropriate primer will crack with the wood, allowing moisture to get behind the paint film and causing peeling. We recommend applying a good quality stain system to minimize film build and reduce the potential for peeling.

Now you know. You’ll be an expert soon! As always, if you’re not sure about any part of your project, stop in and ask our paint pros—we’ll be glad to help.


Worship the Ground You Walk On: Fresh Sod

We carry sod in the outdoor Royal Landscaping area in our parking lot, and people often ask us how to do it the right way. Laying sod is a fast, convenient way to either start a new lawn, or repair one that has sustained serious damage. While it can take some work, once you’ve prepared the ground properly, the work goes quickly and easily.

Why Lay Sod?

  • It’s quicker than grass seed.
  • It’s less work than planting and cultivating grass seed.
  • If purchased from a reputable dealer like JAY-K Lumber and Royal Landscaping, it will look great right from installation (as long as you water faithfully for several weeks afterward). Grass seed will take some time, and often grows unevenly, can be eaten by birds, or can get washed away by heavy rains before it takes.

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What are the trade-offs vs. Grass Seed?

  • It costs more than planting grass seed.
  • It comes in fewer grass breeds/types than grass seed.

How to Sod Your Lawn:

Prepare the Ground

Preparing the ground for laying sod is similar to when you grow grass from seed. Preparing the soil, timing, and supplies are all about the same. Below is a quick outline. For more detail, stop in and ask!

  • Start with bare ground (remove any existing lawn).
  • Test the soil to determine its pH (6.0-7.5 is good) and adjust it if needed.
  • Loosen up the soil by tilling it.
  • Apply a starter fertilizer and soil conditioner, and work them into the ground using the tiller.
  • Rake the soil to remove anything chunky, then roll it with a roller to achieve a level, firm surface.

Lay the Sod

  • Start on the outer edges, unrolling a roll on the far left-hand side, then another on the far right-hand side (or vice versa). After laying these two rolls, work your way in towards the center with subsequent strips.
  • A single roll may not be long enough to cover the whole length of the lawn. This means you will have to lay separate rolls, end to end, pressing the ends firmly together so that they fit tightly, but without overlapping.
  • For strips of sod in an adjacent row, make sure you stagger the ends of rolls, so the seams do not line up. This is called a “running bond pattern”, similar to bricks.
  • If a strip appears too low, “shim” it with topsoil to bring it up to the proper level.
  • When you are done laying the sod, use the roller again. Roll it to press it down firmly. This removes air pockets, promoting good contact with the soil, and allowing the roots to work immediately.
  • IMPORTANT: For a few weeks after laying your sod, water it every day!

Tips

Starting at the edges and working inward means you may not fit full widths in the center. When you get to the center, trim the final roll widths with a sharp knife. Never trim the edges, as they’re most prone to drying out.

We sell fresh sod in 2’ x 4’ (8 sq. ft.) sections for $5.50 per piece. If you’re stopping by, don’t forget to look at all the plants, trees, and flowers as well. You can even have it delivered by Royal Landscaping.

Stop in today!


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