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John Duke
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  • Richmond, Virginia
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Treating the outside of an older cabin
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My cabin in Richmond, Virginia, is about 100 years old. As far as I can tell, nothing has been done to the outside of the logs since it was constructed. (The inside has already been renovated. The…Continue

Tags: stain, masonry, seal, mildew, cleaning

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duke Sep 13, 2013.

Cracks in concrete chinking
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I have some Portland cement chinking that is otherwise in good shape, but there are some small gaps or cracks where it has shrunk and no longer adheres to the log. I can see daylight from the inside,…Continue

Tags: cracks, cement, chinking

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duke Oct 25, 2010.

Clay on chinking
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Has anyone ever used clay plaster to cover interior chinking? Clay is a product that is used as a finish on walls. It is very environmentally friendly, won't mildew, can be easily repaired, will…Continue

Tags: chinking, clay

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duke Oct 1, 2010.

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My cabinet/furniture maker has advised us to look into Waterlox tung oil ( for the interior of our logs. He says it is expensive and…Continue

Tags: oil, tung, Waterlox

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Piatz Oct 4, 2010.


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John Duke commented on Sara R.'s blog post Hardwood floors finish
"We used a penetrating Waterlox tung oil on our heart pine floors (without a stain) during our renovation. I would say the color is between light and dark, but absolutely gorgeous. It does not have the shiny gloss of polyurethane. It penetrates into…"
Feb 12
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"Nope. I've been getting a lot of vape spam lately. Best thing you can do is block the user. I have gotten very helpful information from this site as well, so I continue to read it. "
Dec 7, 2019

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My wife and I are renovating a 100 year old log cabin in the city of Richmond, Virginia. We want to maintain the character of the structure while making it comfortably modern. We are attempting to use environmentally friendly products. The project is documented at
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Not yet ... but soon, very, very soon
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Buckets of rain

Bob Dylan has a touring schedule that would be grueling for a man half his age. He was in California on Saturday, New York on Sunday, and is in Richmond on Tuesday. He can't be in it for the money.

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 1:16am

Nailing it

The final barrier to full legal compliance with the city's building code has been the stairway. The eight steps down to the lower level and an additional two to the bathroom require handrails to satisfy the guardians of our safety. I think it is similar to Darien refusing to let me wear slippers without treads, for fear I will tumble to my death going down the…


Posted on January 21, 2013 at 3:47pm

Ring me up

Sometimes work on the cabin just plods along.

Take the doorbell, for example. An inexpensive electric chime was installed during the first renovation, but somewhere during the reconstruction it was disconnected and no longer functions. We have been without one since we moved in last April. But in anticipation of our new house, Antonia had…


Posted on December 20, 2012 at 12:42am

Shines like gold

Work has slowed down on the cabin, letting us gear up for the next phase. Mr. Seals is up in the mountains hunting this weekend, but a few weeks ago Robin invited us over to help him celebrate his birthday ...


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Posted on November 18, 2012 at 10:33pm

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At 10:02am on May 13, 2012, marty glass said…

thanks for the comment back on the books  John,as we are looking to take on the whole log look


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