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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 home.

Question: If I apply a borate to a log home how long will it last?
Answer: A lifetime as long as a stain is applied over top of it. This means
when it starts to fade you should recoat it so that the borate does not leach out.

Question: If I stain my home then I decide I want to put a borate on can I do this?
Answer: No, a borate can only be applied to bare wood only.

Question: What does a borate do?
Answer: It help's prevent insects,decaying and log rot.

Question: What color is it?
Answer: Some borates are a powered substance that you mix with water or a liquid form.
It is colorless and odorless.

Question: When it is applied what does it look like?
Answer: When a borate is applied it looks like a salty substance on the logs.

Question When I apply a stain over the top will you still see the borate.
Answer: No, the stain is whats locks the borate in for life and you will not see it once you
stain the home. But again you need to reapply the stain when needed to keep
the borate locked in for life.

Question: How many times do I apply this?
Answer : Only once to the bare wood only and you never need to do this process again as long
as you keep a stain over the top of it.

Question: Is a borate applied to exterior as well as interior.
Answer: It can be used in both exterior and interior.

Question: Does this borate help prevent Carpenter Bee's?
Answer: No. Carpenter Bee's chew the wood and disgaurd it. Until they get the product on them
and clean themselves then they will die.

Question: Will the borate prevent adhesion to caulking or chinking?
Answer: No. This will not interfere with adhesion to caulking or chinking or coatings.

Question: Do some log home companies use this product to pressure treat there logs?
Answer: Yes, some log home companies pressure treat with this product inside
and outside of the logs. If they already do you do not need to apply a borate it is already done for

Question: Can I use a borate to dip treat my logs?
Answer: Yes you can.

Just remember to prep the wood first. Wood must be bare; free of dirt, wax and surface finishes before applying.

I hope this will help you!


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Comment by Greg SWEETS on February 4, 2009 at 8:43am
If you have a stain on your wood and need to use some borate you can use impel rods or
cobra rods,they can be used by drilling a hole in the wood and plug the impel or cobra rod
down in it and it will disfuse into the wood.on the question of what does a borate do
it prevents wood digesting insects from eating your wood.good against termites,wood bores
and so on.also when appling a powder borate it would probably be best if you apply
it about every 5 years because when mixing powder with water you only get a little penetration.
when applying a liquid borate that penetrates it will last longer because it has a carrier that
keeps on penetrating the wood.also like Kelly said keeping a stain on will help it last.also when
applying the liquid borate after about 2 years being protected you will be alright because
the borate has penetrated the wood far enough so the most that will leach out is about 5 to 10 percent,if logs are not protected.Also when applying borates you need to have a few good days before it rains
so you can put a stain on it.Some borates take 2 weeks before you can apply a if you
are using a borate that takes about 2 weeks to penetrate the best way to check before stainning is get up early in the morning and touch the logs if the logs are still tacky then you
will have to wait before applying a stain,the logs will need to be dry to the touch before applying a I said its best to check logs early in the morning or late at night after the sun goes down,because if you check them in the middle of the day,they will feel dry but
still might not be ready to stain,because the borate might leach back out after the sun goes down.Just thought I would add this,Kelly great job on borates. One last thought that when
buying a log home the first thing I would do is borate weather it was dipped or not,knowing that
you applied a borate to your home gives you the satisfaction that your home is protected from
wood digesting insects.
Comment by Kelly on February 3, 2009 at 10:13pm
Thanks RP I will do that.

Comment by RP on January 25, 2009 at 10:40am
Kelly, you should put this in the forum section. It is great info and not too many come into the "blog" section.

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