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Winterizing
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I'm about to close on a cabin in southern South Carolina (5 min over Georgia border).   We plan on only using the cabin every two months or so.  What precautions should I take prior to leaving the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Lile Nov 8.

About to buy a log home about have a question.
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Hello everyone!I'm closing on a log home in a few weeks.   Being from Florida I know nothing about log homes other than what I have read on this, and other log home pages.   The home I am buying is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Matzen Oct 30.

 

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John Lile replied to Brian Matzen's discussion Winterizing
"Seems like you pretty well covered it, try to keep the mice and rats out especially. Water freezing would be my main concern, although I don't get why you would have to do anything to the plumbing freezing when your thermostat is set that high.…"
Nov 8
Brian Matzen posted a discussion

Winterizing

I'm about to close on a cabin in southern South Carolina (5 min over Georgia border).   We plan on only using the cabin every two months or so.  What precautions should I take prior to leaving the cabin vacant for those few months.  I have heard turn off your water, poor antifreeze in all the traps, set thermostats between 55 and 80 degrees, get a dehumidifier, shut off fridge, check for critter cracks, unclog gutters.  Am I missing anything?   Im afraid of coming back two months later to find…See More
Nov 6
Brian Matzen replied to Brian Matzen's discussion About to buy a log home about have a question.
"Thanks,  I just emailed them."
Oct 30
Donald Parsons replied to Brian Matzen's discussion About to buy a log home about have a question.
"You may want to check out www.wefixloghomes.com. ; They have folks in Bostic, NC."
Oct 30
CharisB replied to Brian Matzen's discussion About to buy a log home about have a question.
"Log home finisher, log home contractor, log home stainer - all of those terms will net you some results. There aren't a lot of them out there, and most are used to traveling for jobs, so don't let distance scare you off too much. You might…"
Oct 30
Brian Matzen replied to Brian Matzen's discussion About to buy a log home about have a question.
"Thanks Charis,  This property looked immaculate.  That is why I am worried it was painted.  I am a firefighter in Florida so I am pretty familiar with ordinary Type III construction.   I was trying to apply my…"
Oct 30
CharisB replied to Brian Matzen's discussion About to buy a log home about have a question.
"Thanks, Brian. Names below. All of these folks are located 3-4 hours from the home. I don't know of anyone closer myself, but do a google search to see if anyone else comes up. What to look for:  - Soft areas in the wood near high-risk…"
Oct 30
Brian Matzen replied to Brian Matzen's discussion About to buy a log home about have a question.
"Thanks Charis,  The property is located in Otto, NC 28763.  Are there any things I should look out for? "
Oct 30
CharisB replied to Brian Matzen's discussion About to buy a log home about have a question.
"Hi, Brian. No, painted logs shouldn't be a deal breaker, necessarily. While paint can hide developing problems, it doesn't also follow that there will absolutely be problems. What I would recommend is that you have a log home finishing…"
Oct 30
Brian Matzen posted a discussion

About to buy a log home about have a question.

Hello everyone!I'm closing on a log home in a few weeks.   Being from Florida I know nothing about log homes other than what I have read on this, and other log home pages.   The home I am buying is located near Franklin South Carolina.  From my understanding, it is D log construction.   I just became aware that the home may have been painted rather than stained.  I'm still in the due diligence period and have the home inspection next week.  If its painted is that a deal breaker?  I read that…See More
Oct 30

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I was born and raised in south Florida. I always have dreamed of having a log home.
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Within 12 months

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