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Insect boring holes in knots of pine
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I will soon be refinishing a side of my log home (stripping to bare wood, borate, then stain).  I have noticed that some insect has been boring into the knots of the logs in a few places.  In some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Donelson Jul 24, 2019.

Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
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I recently built a garage and have installed log siding on the building to match my home.  The siding I used was sitting in a barn for over 20 years and was somewhat dirty, but otherwise ok.  I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by trey spoon Nov 22, 2018.

Staining the back of log siding
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I am building a garage and installing log siding on it to match my log home.  I have been told to stain the back of the siding prior to installing.  I am guessing this is to protect the back side of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by CharisB Oct 19, 2017.

Window Dormer Issues

I need to replace the fascia boards on my gable window dormers. It appears they have been installed too close to the shingles and are rotting as a result. I also will need to replace a few pieces of…Continue

Started Jun 16, 2015

 

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Mike replied to Mike's discussion Removing Sikkens Cetol Film Forming Stain
"To remove sikkens I used HD-80 a sodium hydroxide remover made by Woodrich. They also sell a neutralizer. Some spots required sanding because I had to get aggressive with the pressure washer. This is the only off the shelf product that worked.…"
Mar 24
LuAnn Olson replied to Mike's discussion Removing Sikkens Cetol Film Forming Stain
"I had the same problem on my log home with the Sikkens product.  The company that did the work said the horrible results were because my logs had sun damage.  Can you tell me what your final solution was?  What chemical stripper did…"
Mar 20
Brian Donelson replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"Hi Mike, I haven't heard of any of the wood ingesting group of insects (powder post and old house borers are probably the most common) having a preference to tree resin.  Once they hatch, they move to the outdoors and when it's time…"
Jul 24, 2019
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"I dont know that this could be caused by eggs being laid by the not and then the larvae eating into it.  The knots are usually the hardest area of the log and I would think larvae of whatever insect would have a difficult time eating into the…"
Jul 24, 2019
Brian Donelson replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"Most likely the female laid her eggs at the edge of the knot, as it would provide the easiest access to a safe place to develop when they hatched. Then the eggs hatched, they burrowed back down into the log (and in this case, down a small fissure in…"
Jul 19, 2019
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"Brian, Yes I did notice frass on the hole shown in the first picture.  I used a toothpick to scrape it out and see if I could find anything but no luck.  There are no signs of exit holes near the knots.  It appears that is where they…"
Jul 19, 2019
Brian Donelson replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"Hi Mike, From the pictures it's rather hard to tell what is causing the damage, but typically borate treatment on clean bare wood is an excellent preventative measure for any of the wood ingesting insects.  Most of the time we see insect…"
Jul 19, 2019
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Insect boring holes in knots of pine

I will soon be refinishing a side of my log home (stripping to bare wood, borate, then stain).  I have noticed that some insect has been boring into the knots of the logs in a few places.  In some areas its just a small hole, but on others it appears it ate out most of the knot.  I do plan on treating the walls with borate, but I am unsure if this will even help since it will probably not be absorbed in the knots.  Any idea what is causing this?…See More
Jul 19, 2019

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