Victoria – Good luck with the sanding…….I can still feel the vibes and still feel the dust on my hands………….I can appreciate your effort.
As far as some of the areas we had to revisit:
I failed to fully seal one section around the top log/roof join and we had a draft and small water infiltration during a wind driven storm. I pulled the trim and resealed the interior and exterior to solve the problem.
Caulking and properly sealing the joint between the last log row on the bottom and the log siding piece just above the deck. Everything was flashed below correctly however during the same storm we had water into our basement that came in behind that log siding, since you can’t flash a solid log, there is always a seam there (where the last log meets the log siding) and it needs to be well sealed and monitored over the years.
Seal the crap out of any and all window boxes………I’m talking about the junction between the 2x framing lumber and the log cut outs for the window as well as the window trim. The logs will not provide for a consistent flat joint around all windows so this needs to be done well.
Take the time to properly seal all the seams around the exterior of the house. You’ll be thankful later.
Whatever product you use for the exterior, follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper surface prep. We used Perma-Chink and used their log wash with good results. Also, we have used their check sealing system as over a couple seasons the logs can and will develop checks etc. The upward facings ones are the ones we sealed as water and snow will settle in them…..that’s no good.
Interior, don’t be alarmed if seams that were tight in the ceiling, walls etc. open up during the winter heating season, the wood breaths with the moisture of the house no matter what product you put on it. I sat back last winter and had a WTF moment when I looked up. “I know we had those seams tighter than that”……..then come June or July I looked up again….”well that looks better”….
Those are the things I can remember off the top of my head.