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Greg & I are anxious to start the staining process but the weather is just not behaving. We need to apply the penetreat (a.k.a. borate) and allow it to dry for 48 hours - and then apply the first coat of stain. The most important thing being that the rain doesn't wash the penetreat off before we can apply the stain. Have loved all the helpful advice that the log home members have offered us in staining our home - what a great bunch of people! I believe that a good majority of people who love log homes seem to have the same characteristics - friendly, love of nature and animals, and a desire to appreciate the simple things in life. Also - very helpful! Just a theory...

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Comment by Shelley Martinez on July 20, 2008 at 8:43pm
Hi Shelley S. - We did some of the interior ourselves and ended up letting the builder do the exterior in the interest of time (we live 3 hours away). Plus he had all the equipment and our stain provider - Sashco - made sure to talk him through the steps. I would recommend whatever stain provider you use - ask them if they have step by step instructions and if they're willing to talk you through it. I know there are many impt. things to remember such as tarping the windows, cleaning the logs correctly, applying the penetreat and timing that as well as the coats of staining. We were happy that we let our builder do it - however, next year we are thinking about putting the extra coat and the poly coat ourselves (our stain company recommended 2 coats this year and that we could wait to do the 3rd coat & poly coat next year - this helped us with expenses.) I hope this was helpful! I have before and after photos on my log cabin blog (you just have to scroll to find the entries) at . All the best to you!
Comment by Terry & Shelley S on July 19, 2008 at 12:24pm

Hi! I just read your blog from June regarding your staining project. How did it go for you? My husband, being a multi-talented DIYer, wants us to stain both the exterior and interior ourselves to save money, but I'm just not sure it's something we should tackle, particularly the exterior, as neither of us have worked on a project of this scale before. Can you offer any helpful hints or advice.

Thanks, Shelley S.
Comment by Nancy on June 25, 2008 at 9:40pm
Hi Mike,
I responded to your email. It's great to find a website with so many logcabin lovers. I'm sooo happy with mine that sometimes I have to pinch myself. Especially now I have a hottub on my deck right outside the master bedroom. I'm in heaven! Nancy
Comment by Michael McCarthy on June 25, 2008 at 12:31pm
Hi Shelly,

People always ask me who reads our magazines. In other words, who's the typical log-home enthusiast? I often note that they're teachers, doctors, nurses, actors, athletes, truck drivers, career military personnel, policemen, fire fighters, journalists, and on and on. In other words, log-home enthusiasts are all over the board.

But you nailed the characteristics that bond all of these people when you said, "friendly, love of nature and animals, and a desire to appreciate the simple things in life." That's it. They also are incredibly warm and helpful.

I've been fortunate to meet thousands of log-home enthusiasts during my travels the past five years, and what you described is absolutely accurate. Pat yourself on the back, folks: You represent the very best of human nature...

Good luck with the staining, Shelley.



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