Five Essential DIY Products Every Home Should Have

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Are you the type of person who prides themselves in fixing what’s broken around the house without hiring outside help? Do you do your own home improvements? Do you regularly watch hours of YouTube videos on how to reclaim and recycle furniture and other home fixtures? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you are probably a “do-it-yourself (DIY)” type!  DIYers are some of the resourceful, creative, intelligent people wandering the planet, but even they may need help from time-to-time. Fortunately, there are multiple products from Eclectic Products, Inc. to make do-it-yourself household projects even easier!  

Eclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company, produces some of the highest quality adhesives, paints, epoxies and wood fillers on the market. Their product line continues to evolve due to a desire to find new solutions to meet consumer and professional tradesmen’s needs. Here are five products every DIYer should have in their home tool kit: 

#1- Amazing GOOP Household


Amazing GOOP Household repairs, seals and sticks to virtually anything around the house, including vinyl, rubber, fabric, glass, plastic, metal, brick, wood and more. Compared to other brands on the market, this miracle contact adhesive and sealant is one of the strongest, most flexible, all purpose adhesives ever created. DIYers can conquer any repair around the house, indoors and outdoors, from broken teacups to loose towel racks. On top of that, it’s waterproof, paintable, and WASHER/DRYER SAFE safe for use on clothing and fabrics (do not dry clean). Other DIYer approved Amazing Goop products for home repair include Amazing GOOP All Purpose, Amazing GOOP II MAX, Amazing GOOP Plumbing and Amazing GOOP Trim Repair

#2- FAMOWOOD Original Wood Filler  


Got a wood project in mind? Make sure you have FAMOWOOD Original Wood Filler on hand! This home repair essential has been the choice of professional woodworkers for over 70 years for repairing small and large defects. We love how it spreads evenly into cracks and holes, and works both indoors and outdoors without shrinking, crumbling or cracking. In addition, FAMOWOOD requires very little sanding, and it takes stains and paints evenly to achieve a desired finished appearance. To round out your DIY wood product repair kit, we also recommend  FAMOWOOD Latex Wood Filler and FAMOWOOD GLAZE COAT Epoxy Coating. 

 

#3 – E6000 PLUS


E6000 PLUS is on our list of DIY essentials because it offers the same performance qualities most DIYers LOVE about E6000, without any strong odor! This must-have adhesive can be used for any application because it is formulated to meet high performance industrial requirements. E6000 PLUS is excellent for inside and outside projects and works beautifully on wood, glass, fabric, ceramic, gems, metals, marble, fiberglass, concrete, most plastics, lexan, plexiglass & much more! Not only will it maintain its permanent bond strength, it works on wet surfaces, it’s unaffected by extreme heat or cold (once cured), dries crystal clear, offers superb UV RESISTANCE, and is paintable, flexible, washer-dryer safe and acid-free. Oh, and the LOW ODOR thing! 

#4 Seal-All   


Fast drying and clear, Seal-All, a.k.a. “the repair kit in a tube”, is the adhesive DIY mechanics and handymen/women trust for their automotive and garage repairs. It adheres with superior strength to most substrates and resists gasoline, oil, paint thinner and most solvents, while maintaining bond strength even on objects subject to wear. It can also withstand changes in climate, making it ideal for repairing distributor caps, interior panels, radiators, gaskets, china, porcelain, fiberglass, figurines, linoleum, furniture, knobs and drawers, screens, gutters and much more! 

#5- E6100 

E6100
E6100 is a high performance industrial adhesive that will not sag, drip or run. It’s super strength and temperature resistant formula makes it highly effective for vertical repairs to brick & mortar, HVAC systems repair, roof flashing/shingles repair, and much more!  This DIY essential permanently adheres to more surfaces than any other adhesive, providing exceptional adhesion to wood, metal, glass, fiberglass, ceramics, masonry, concrete, asphalt, leather, rubber, PVC, neoprene, vinyl and many plastics. 

#6 BONUS: Shoe GOO ll

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While it’s technically not a home repair product, Shoe GOO ll is so handy, we had to add it to the DIY essentials list. This premier shoe, boot & skate repair adhesive is worth having in your toolkit for the inevitable footwear emergency. It’s the perfect addition for anyone who loves the original Shoe GOO Adhesive, but is sensitive to odors. The product is designed for strong adhesion and all-weather performance on leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric and more! Shoe GOO ll is extremely flexible and offers a permanent bond ideal for repair and maintenance on just about any pair of shoes, work boots, gloves and more! 

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Eclectic Products, a division of Willamette Valley Company, is an American-based manufacturer of adhesives, wood fillers, and do-it-yourself products for home and commercial use, including the Amazing GOOP® line, Seal-All®, and many other best-sellers. To learn more about this company or other home improvement products, visit eclecticproducts.com.

 

Benefits of Building Schools with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)

Mass Timber Buildings

Is Wood the Future of New School Construction?

“Supporters hail mass timber’s potential: the ability to speed up construction timelines in an industry plagued by inefficiencies; less environmental wear and tear; an attractive visual aesthetic; and the economic contribution of skilled jobs in an emerging industry.” They’re also quick to note wood construction at this scale is not new — and that mass timber is different from the assemblages of two-by-fours and plywood that frame American homes.” –educationdive.com

By now, you might have heard us rave about the benefits of building with mass timber. Building with engineered wood products like cross-laminated wood (CLT) has soared in popularity in recent years across the country, specifically in educational settings, and it’s no wonder! Studies show CLT can improve health and well-being, and offer more design flexibility, durability, fire resistance, as well as multiple environmental benefits. Now that students are heading back to school, we thought we’d look at the advantages of building schools with cross-laminated timber (CLT).  

Simple, Quick Construction

One of the greatest advantages of cross-laminated timber (CLT) is the speed of installation. Cross-Laminated Timber panels are lightweight and arrive at site with a structural system ready to be assembled. The process is both simple and swift, allowing immediate and accurate construction, which in turn saves time and money. 

Durability

The alternating fibers in CLT make it a lightweight, yet strong and durable building material. In Japan, a seven-story CLT building’s durability in an earthquake scenario was tested through fourteen shake-tests and came out with minimal damage. Airtight construction of each panel and precision fitting leads to seismic resilience, as does its unique strength-to-weight ratio.

Fire-Resistant

Though it may sound strange to tout fire resistance as a benefit of a wooden building material, it’s one of Cross-Laminated Timber’s greatest strengths. The lamination of CLT has inherent fire resistance, and the construction of the panels and structures allows little room for fire to breathe and expand. 

Sustainability

Another advantage to building with Cross-Laminated Timber is its light carbon footprint. CLT stores more carbon than is emitted in its manufacture and transport. It continues to store carbon absorbed by the tree while growing, keeping it out of the atmosphere for the lifetime of the building. Mass timber is the only building material that can be regrown and feasible in the long-term. Precision cutting of CLT minimizes on-site waste, and its manufacturing requires less energy than producing steel or concrete. 

Acoustic Insulation

Solid wood paneling provides superior acoustic insulation, dampening both airborne and impact noises. Its lightweight nature also leads to quiet construction, making it ideal for schools and college campuses. 

Thermal Insulation

In the same way that Cross-Laminated Timber’s airtight design creates auditory insulation, it also creates thermal insulation. Tightly packed panels can trap 90% of the heat that would ordinarily escape from a home. CLT’s previously-mentioned high thermal mass ensures temperatures are kept stable and comfortable.

Pleasing Aesthetic

There’s a warm, soothing visual quality to building with wood that separates it from the lifeless concrete slabs that typically fill a city. The term “biophilia” describes the soothing effect that natural materials have on humans. Studies suggest that natural building materials like Cross-Laminated Timber can help lower stress in students and teachers and increase productivity. 

Affordable

When comparing the manufacturing costs of certain steels and concrete, as well as the money saved on shorter construction time, CLT comes out as at a competitive

Examples of Schools Using Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Architecture

These examples of cross-laminated timber (CLT) architecture in educational settings demonstrate why CLT is an excellent alternative for more conventional building materials like steel and concrete.

Franklin Elementary School- Franklin, West Virginia 
When Franklin, West Virginia needed a new elementary school, the small, rural community decided to try something that no other school district had undertaken in this country: build with cross laminated timber (CLT). The decision to build with CLT has paid off in dividends! Learn more by reading the case study. 

Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Recreation Center – Clemson University, SC  
Brian Campa, principal at the architecture firm that designed the outdoor rec center on the campus of Clemson University, says he chose CLT as a building material for its ability to achieve long spans and lower cost of the material. Campa also lauds CLT for its significant sustainable advantages, including a lower carbon footprint. The aesthetically pleasing building intentionally connects visitors of the building with nature. “These biophilic elements are emphasized to encourage student wellness, activity, and interaction. We believe the center will become a hub for those looking for an on-campus escape,” says Campa. Read more.

Idaho Central Credit Union Arena – Moscow, Idaho
Construction for this 4,000-plus capacity arena on the University of Idaho campus is well underway on this first-of-its-kind engineered wood mass-timber facility. The versatile, visually stunning ICCU Arena will open in fall 2021 and will be the new home for Vandal men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as a gathering place for academic events, concerts and other special events. Read more.

Sequim School District – Sequim, Washington
School district leaders in this small Washington community felt the speed of construction and environmental and economic advantages made cross-laminated timber (CLT) an ideal building material for modular classrooms in a pilot project.  Read more

Here are some additional examples of more U.S. & Canadian schools who use mass timber in their construction. 

About Willamette Valley Company 
Since launching as a small business distributing mill supplies to the wood products industry in 1952, WVCO has grown into a leading supplier of problem-solving products and services in many industries around the world. Some of WVCO’s high-performance solutions include coatings, fillers, adhesives, robotics, parts, engineering and more. Companies across the globe continually turn to us first for custom solutions to their specific challenges. What can Willamette Valley Company do for you today? Find out now.

 

Spotlight on SpikeFast®, the Signature Product of WVCO Railroad Solutions

SpikeFast by WVCO Railroad Solutions

“SpikeFast® enables maintenance crews to revisit the same track for re-gauging operations less often, allowing their resources to be reallocated for greater efficiency.”

Rail is one of the most economical and efficient modes of transportation, resulting in more jobs and billions of dollars saved annually. As the industry continues to grow, so do the challenges. This growth has prompted WVCO Railroad Solutions to create leading-edge products and solutions like SpikeFast®.

Before 1999, the only spike-hole plugging products on the market for wood-tie remediation were wooden plugs and a rigid foam product. While these products were effective, they presented many challenges to railroad maintenance crews. They needed spike-hole plugging products that could last longer and perform well in extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, freezing temperatures and high humidity.

A new design concept was needed and Willamette Valley Company responded by developing a tie-plugging compound for wood & composite railroad ties. The result was SpikeFast®, a more reliable and efficient system of wood-tie remediation.

Here are eight additional facts about SpikeFast®:

#1`- SPIKEFAST® was designed to plug spike holes in both concrete ties and wood ties.

#2- Performance tests commissioned by class one railroads indicate SpikeFast® outperforms wood plugs and foam in both lateral resistance and pullout resistance.

#3- It is a dual-component, non-foam polyurethane product designed to anchor cut-spikes or screw-spikes.

#4- SpikeFast has achieved high marks in tests, such as spike insertion and withdrawal.

#5- SpikeFast has earned high results in lateral resistance testing. The testing showed a proven resistance of 20 percent higher than previously un-spiked hardwood ties.

#6- One gallon of this product can fill approximately 150 spike holes.

#7- SpikeFast® is WCCO’s Railroad Solutions top selling product, known for its quick cure time, superior gauge holding, and dynamic rail roll over.

#8- It is easy to apply when dispensed from hand-held canisters or bulk containers through a uniquely designed, pressure/temperature controlled meter.

SpikeFast by WVCO

Are your crossties holding gauge? See how we solved Spike-Kill and how to extend the service life of your crossties. Visit wvcorailroad.com/products to learn more about SpikeFast and WVCO’s Railroad Solutions.

A Message Regarding COVID-19

As we come together as a Nation to combat the spread of COVID-19, Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) is honored to be counted as a Critical Infrastructure partner by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Transportation and Critical Manufacturing sectors as outlined in the CISA Memo, 3/19/20.

We are hard at work at all of our manufacturing sites (Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Idaho, Canada, and Chile) fulfilling orders, and providing services during these challenging times. WVCO is working closely with our employees and customers to ensure their safety first, while providing world-class support to our customers with quality products through our service, innovation, and integrity.

We are reminded of the quote by Simon Sinek, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion.” We are passionate about our products and passionate about our customers. We are not stressed; we are hopeful, we are robust, and we are focused on our mission to serve our Nation, Communities, and Customers.

We will stay connected with you as we all tack through these headwinds together, and if you have any questions or need anything, please contact us at 800-333-9826 or info@wilvaco.com.

How WVCO’s PRE-TEC Division Partners Through Service


Willamette Valley Company is more than just products and solutions. We partner with our customers to support their business in every way possible and ensure that we are contributing to their ongoing prosperity and success. WVCO’s PRE-TEC division has prepared hundreds of robotic systems and is currently the largest custom robotic integrator on the West Coast but some say that the legendary service provided by our technicians is our greatest asset. 

WVCO Service

Partnering through service means one-on-one interaction with each customer to develop the most appropriate, affordable, and reliable solutions for your service needs. PRE-TEC offers support in areas of training, programming, spare parts, and preventive maintenance. Here’s what one can expect when they engage the services of our PRE-TEC division.  

*One of our Service Applications Engineers will work directly with your company to provide support in training, programming, spare parts, and maintenance.

*We provide training before installation, and follow-up as needed to assure trouble-free operation.

*PRE-TEC offers a Preventive Maintenance (PM) program to assure you achieve the maximum utilization after the purchase of your new robotic system. Pre-scheduled PM visits can be scheduled annually, quarterly, or any other defined period, according to your specific needs.

*Customers are encouraged to visit our full-service machine shop in Eugene, Oregon at any time during the design and manufacturing process to view their project as it is being built.

*Our design engineers partner with your project manager to develop solutions specific to your thermal or material handling requirements. 

*Replacement parts can be ordered by calling (800) 205-9826. Our order desk can inform you whether or not the parts are in stock, current price, and approximate shipping time.

Our qualified service personnel are here to make your production easier, faster, cleaner, and worry-free.  Service can be scheduled in advance by contacting Mike Fling at PRE-TEC at +1 (541) 984-4816. Visit pre-tec.com to learn more?

WVCO looks back on 2019 – the year of innovation.

WVCO Railroad Products

2019 was a year of innovation. The wood products industry thrived as game-changing technology was introduced into the marketplace while cross-laminated timber, known for its economic advantages, construction quality, durability, sustainability, and aesthetics, was embraced by more architects and construction companies around the world.

There were great advances made in automation that will make manufacturing jobs safer and more efficient. WVCO’s Idaho Milling and Grain division kept their eyes on exciting new research that may help farmers adapt to climate pressures as researchers developed technology to create 3D-printed concrete that could revolutionize the construction industry and decrease its carbon footprint.

WVCO continued to develop robotic solutions for automated engineering, finishing, material handling, welding and more. Our team of engineers also developed unique and customized solutions that will enable companies to overcome challenges in the transportation industry and infrastructure.

Here’s a look back at some of our highlights from 2019.

In May, our WVCO Wood Products team traveled to Hannover, Germany to showcase WVCO’s wood product solutions and equipment at LIGNA 2019, the world’s leading trade show for tools and machinery for the wood processing industry. It was an exciting opportunity for us to meet with key wood and forestry industry leaders from around the globe. LIGNA 2019 had three focus themes: “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technology” and “Access to Resources and Technology”.

Over the summer, the WVCO team introduced the FastPatch HPRE, High-Performance Rail Encapsulator to address some of the challenges embedded rail systems on city streets present such as excessive vibration, noise, rail deflection, and maintenance difficulties. This new system is designed from WVCO’s innovative polymer and dispensing equipment and offers fast installation and a long-lasting solution for embedded rail systems with key performance properties.

We also had the pleasure of opening our newly remodeled R & D Center for our Research & Development team in Eugene. The beautiful new facility is equipped with the latest and most sophisticated analytical technologies on the market and designed with our entire R & D team in mind.

In August, Cleco presented Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) with a $34,182.40 check at our Pineville, Louisana facility for upgrading its interior and exterior lights to LED lighting through Cleco’s Power Wise™ energy efficiency program. With the new LED lighting, WVCO is projected to save 341,824 kWh annually, which is estimated to be enough electricity to power 28 homes for one year!

Also in August, our Pre-Tec division was prominently featured in this piece published in Eugene’s Register Guard.

The WVCO Railroad Division exhibited products like SpikeFast®, the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes, and other custom solutions related to rail and highway safety at the 2019 National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference. The conference brought leaders in the rail and highway industries together to present contemporary topics and new technology to an international audience.

In September,the WVCO team traveled to Tampa, Florida to meet with professionals in the marine industry and present how our innovative FastPatch technology can cut time and expenses at IBEX 2019, North America’s leading technical boat-building showcase.

Our team also exhibited our railroad products and FastPatch products at Railway Interchange 2019, the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry! took place in September in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was a great success. An estimated 7,000+ attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world gathered at this combined railway industry event, sponsored by AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.)

In November, WVCO was named “APA Supplier of the Year” at the APA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the EWTA Info Fair in Tucson, Arizona. This marks the fifth year in a row we have received this esteemed award, and the tenth out of the last 14 years! EWTA’s Supplier of the Year Awards are based on the quality and delivery of EWTA member products, equipment and/or services supplied to APA members, as determined by a vote of APA mill managers.

2019 also brought major changes to the world of robotics. WVCO’s PRE-TEC division enhanced robotic weld cell automation by introducing a unique line-up of FASWeld Standard Robotic Weld Cells, built for companies using automation for the first time, as well as customers looking to expand their robotic automation capabilities. Each system is developed using the highest quality industrial components.

What new developments do you predict 2020 will bring? Stay tuned and find out! WVCO wishes all of our employees, customers, partners and friends a very happy new year!

WVCO newly remodeled Research & Development Center in Eugene

Willamette Valley Company R & D Facility Eugene, Oregon

At WVCO, we make it a point to develop unique and customized solutions designed to enable companies to take on whatever challenges they wish to conquer. Recently, we had the pleasure of achieving the same goal for our own Research & Development team in Eugene, Oregon when we opened our newly remodeled R & D Center!

The beautiful new facility is equipped with the latest and most sophisticated analytical technologies on the market and designed with our entire R & D team in mind. This innovative and talented group that includes some of our region’s top chemists and engineers now have an improvided workspace and the necessary tools to devise better products and solutions, improve functionality and efficiency, and enhance the process and product performance.

Want to see for yourself? Watch this video from our recent Grand Opening Celebration.

We are thrilled with our newly remodeled facility and look forward to seeing what “game-changing’ inventions and technologies will come from it.

Willamette Valley Company to Exhibit at Railway Interchange 2019

 

Railroad SpikeFast

Willamette Valley Company is looking forward to exhibiting our Railroad products and FastPatch products at Railway Interchange 2019, the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry! The combined railway industry event, sponsored by AREMA, RSI, REMSA and RSSI, takes place September 22-25, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

An estimated 7,000+ attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world are expected to attend this world-class rail industry event. The event combines the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.)

Photo @ Railway Interchange

Railway Interchange is an ideal venue for our Railroad Division to share it’s leading-edge systems and products for plugging spike holes in both concrete ties and wood ties as well as unique application systems to accurately apply them. Our team will meet with railroad professionals from around the world as they seize the opportunity to see and hear all that is new and innovative across the entire rail supply industry.

The demand for WVCO’s railroad maintenance and repair products continues to grow steadily, but it’s our proprietary product, SpikeFast, that is becoming known by most railroads as the industry standard.

SpikeFast, a non-foam polyurethane product, was created in 1999 as an alternative to wood plugs and other plugging materials. The result was a more reliable and efficient system of wood-tie remediation. Performance tests commissioned by national railroads indicate that SpikeFast outperforms wood plugs, polymeric foam, and epoxy foam. Watch the video for more details.

We hope you’ll stop by our booth to learn more about these and other repair and maintenance products.

New Video Gives Virtual Tour of Willamette Valley Company’s New Facility

Ever been curious about what happens inside The Willamette Valley Company? A new video is offering viewers a rare look into the day-to-day operations of the Willamette Valley Company facility in Eugene, Oregon. Take an aerial journey into our new 110,000 sg ft. building with over 60,000 sg ft. of manufacturing space on Owen Loop Road and get a birds-eye view of our technicians, scientists, and engineers hard at work creating high-performance custom solutions in the largest custom robotic integrator on the West Coast- WVCO’s PRE-TEC division.

PRE-TEC has been creating innovative, automated solutions for manufacturing companies throughout North America for over thirty years. The experienced automation team of mechanical and electrical engineers believes that the one-on-one communication with each client, on every project, when designing and building systems has been the key to their success. The company strives to collaborate with each customer to develop a consistently reliable and cost-effective solution which address the customer’s manufacturing challenges, can be successfully implemented, and rapidly deployed. PRE-TEC is proud to introduce their new operation to manufacturers in the Western States and across North America.

For more videos and information on WVCO’s divisions, visit our YouTube Channel or click here to go to our main web page.

PRE-TEC Moves to New Location- Stays Committed to Innovation

Pre-Tec's New Home

PRE-TEC’s new building located at 990 Owen Loop North, in Eugene Oregon

PRE-TEC, the robotics division of Willamette Valley Company, has moved! The company relocated from its 38,000 sg ft. facility at 675 McKinley Street, to a new 110,000 sg ft. building with over 60,000 sg ft. of manufacturing space.
PRE-TEC Moves into New space

General Manager, Stan Reynolds commented, “ By more than doubling our manufacturing base, we are able to better serve our customers, and have room for future growth.” In addition to the PRE-TEC Division, all the groups at the corporate headquarters on Arrowsmith Street are now also in the Owen Loop building.

Founded more than 25 years ago, PRE-TEC is the largest custom robotic integrator on the West Coast. Known also for superior chemical metering products, PRE-TEC has prepared more than 165 robotic systems in the last decade alone.

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