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Treat Your Logs First To Make Them Last.

Treat Your Logs First To Make Them Last.



You've just spent a long time leafing through planning books, selecting the logs, choosing the perfect lot--waiting for your dream home to be built. Why put all that at risk? Rot, weather, insects, fungi all pose a serious threat to your logs. Protect your investment--treat your logs first to make them last.





Applying A Borate To A Log Home.



Questions and Answer to apply a borate to a log…

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Added by Kelly on May 18, 2015 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Happy Holidays To Everyone on LogHomeU And A Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays To Everyone On LogHomeu And A Happy New Year!

Added by Kelly on December 15, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Happy Easter!

To All The Log Home Neighborhood!

I wish you and your family a Happy Easter!
Hope everyone had a good time with family & friends! I know I always do!!!
And I hope you didn't eat to much! I think we all do when it comes to food.

Happy Easter To All!

Kelly

Added by Kelly on April 12, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Staining Your Log Home

Staining Your Log Home.



Work Horizontally. Plan on applying your stain to one wall at a time, starting at the top and working completely across 3-4 logs high.



When the top 3-4 logs are stained, then move down the wall to the next 3-4 logs. Continue in a similar pattern to the bottom of the wall, working around doors and windows.



Clean any drip marks that may occur on lower logs to avoid overlap marks.



This consistency will help to eliminate the… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 29, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

CONSTRUCTION & LOCATION

The style and location of your home can affect stain longevity and the amount of maintenance required for your logs.



Eaves,porches, proper drainage and the position of your home on the lot all come into play.



Experts recommend a bare minimum of 24" eaves (36" or more is ideal), wrap around porches which are at least 10' deep and a foundatin that provides at least 12" to 18" of space betwwen the first course of logs and the ground.



These elements will help… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 24, 2009 at 8:26pm — 4 Comments

Log Check Needs Caulking

Log Check Needs Caulking.



As logs dry, cracks or "checks" will open up, allowing both insects and water in. Once inside the log, water can migrate through other checks and fissures.



In some cases, the water can come out on the inside of the house, dripping down the walls and causing severe water damage to the wood. If the water settles inside the log and is unable to dry out it will cause the logs to start rotting.



Insects also have free rein once… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 16, 2009 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Helping Your Log Home Survive The Elements.

Helping Your Log Home Survive The Elements.



Water Control



Make sure you have gutters downspouts in good repair.



Make sure sprinklers are not wetting the house and/or decks, and handrails.



Make sure spigots are not spraying the house when hoses are attached.



Make sure splashback is eliminated (via gutters/down spouts, large overhangs, gravel drip bed.



Make sure you have flashing over windows, doors, wall projections,… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 10, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Knowing The Moisture Content Of Your Logs Is Critical.

Knowing The Moisture Content Of Your Logs Is Critical





Moisture Content And Log Construction/Stain Application



If log finish is applied to logs that have an 18% and over moisture content, mold and mildew has fertile ground to grow beneath the surface of the log coating.



When log moisture is below 18% the log surface will not support the growth of mold and mildew.

Also, high moisture content can cause film type log coatings… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 10, 2009 at 9:09pm — 10 Comments

Merry Christmas To All Of You And A Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas To All of You And A Happy New Year!






Kelly

Added by Kelly on December 20, 2008 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

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