I was just wondering if this is a project i should try to save or scrap it and start fresh? It seems some of the support beams are starting to rot on the exterior and a strange black discoloration on the south side of the exterior... Any information will be greatly a appreciated. thanks
You will want to start over on this one.
I tend to agree with Ray. That rot looks pretty darn extensive, and on support beams? I imagine the cost to repair would be a lot more than scrapping and starting fresh.
-- Charis w/ Sashco
It is fixable. Epoxy's can do wonders but can be just as costly as replacement. We generally don't use Epoxy unless it is for a museum or park service where the historical value of the log dictates saving one splinter and rebuilding the log out of epoxy rather then replacing it. This is usually because the cabin belonged to or was frequented by someone of historical importance. Consolidating epoxies spread and travel through deteriated wood being absorbed into the wood as they travel, depending on the epoxy used as to how far they travel and how long they take to cure. The theroy being that the epoxy absorbed into this deteriated wood becomes hard and makes the wood structurally sound again. This is not something I recomend to the novice, it is a bit tricky to work with, timeing is everthing, and cleanliness is next to Godliness in this. It will turn the wood black where ever it gets on it or penetrates to. You will have to pre drill to add any kind of nail or screw. I recomend adding wooden blocken any where you will need to nail or screw latter. We generally use Epoxies from the Dell Corp. same epoxies they use to rebuild and repair anything and everything in the Smithsonian Institute. They do work but it is not my first recomendation.
Woody Wood Chinking