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CharisB replied to Raymond Wengerd's discussion 1790's Log Home Restored
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CharisB replied to Doug Ottney's discussion Should I change stains?
"Don't worry. I watched an episode of Mythbusters that proved that biting a bullet won't cause it to go off, so you're safe. :-) Good luck with your project! --- Charis"
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"At this point in time, there is not a "universal" oil-based clear maintenance coat for Sikkens or other oil-based stains. Some have used a water-based over top, but it's always a risky proposition to do so (think: peeling, blushing of…"
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CharisB replied to Paul Woodman's discussion Needing advice about blasting and staining.
"P.S. In response to the linked article: I'm not sure who mentioned sandblasting, but Sashco has never advocated for blasting with sand, which can indeed be generous. In general, we steer people towards blasting with crushed glass media, which…"
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CharisB replied to Paul Woodman's discussion Needing advice about blasting and staining.
"Thanks, Bill. I was fully aware of what I was recommending, which is for Mr. Woodman to consider his options, continue down the road of researching what is necessary, and discuss with a knowledgeable professional. I also mentioned that each method…"
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CharisB replied to Paul Woodman's discussion Needing advice about blasting and staining.
"One way or the other, you need to remove unsound, loose wood fibers. Some will do a combo of power washing and sanding, others just sanding, others media blasting with a power wash to remove spent media. The key is getting back to that original wood…"
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CharisB replied to Mark H's discussion Seeking maintenance/restoration advice
"I'm of the opinion that the whole home doesn't need to be stripped, although that will likely net you the most consistent color more easily. I do think that just the one side that is the worst will need to be completely blasted (either via…"
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CharisB replied to Mark H's discussion Seeking maintenance/restoration advice
"It's possible to go with the one-sided fix, but it will require a seasoned professional who knows what they're doing. Not sure what the cost would be, but complete removal of the stain on the dormer side would be necessary, including any…"
Jul 26

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Black stuff on your logs: is it really mold or mildew?

Not all black spots on your logs or deck are mold and mildew.

Learn more here.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:49pm

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At 7:35pm on March 20, 2012, larry said…

We found the solution for everyone with fly problems! A friend of ours found these people and recommended them to us. We can't thank them enough. Check out their website - - we have 1/10 the flies after they sealed our home. We have always been inundated with flies. Not anymore!!! We highly recommend them to all log home owners. What they did even made our house warmer - - no more drafts. And they were very professional - - the type of people you enjoy doing business with. The name of the company is "Deny The Fly Log Home Maintenance". Their number is 406-721-2399. They are located in Montana, but I do know that they travel.

At 7:59pm on August 22, 2011, Terry & Shelley S said…


Sorry,  I meant  would it be worth it for us to buy enough 'mildewcide' for a five gallon bucket; not the cleaning agent? 

At 7:55pm on August 22, 2011, Terry & Shelley S said…

Charis, Thanks for the information. 

One more question....IYHO would it be worth our while to order enough of the Stay Clean I/E for a five gallon bucket and use it when we do our maintenance coat in a couple years?  Or would there be a shorter shelf life on it? 

Thanks again.

At 4:54pm on August 21, 2011, Terry & Shelley S said…

Charis, Hi. with the wealth of information/help you've given others here, we're hoping you can help us as well.   

Our log home is a little over 1 year old.  We've noticed some black spots on the underside of our entry porch roof beams (this is the only place we see anything like this).  Wiping them with a damp rag, they fade a little, then return so we know it's not something as simple as dirt.  We're thinking possibly mold and/or mildew? We'd like to get this under control as soon as possible to keep it from spreading/ getting worse. 

What we know:

Stainers did NOT properly clean logs/posts/beams prior to staining.

Stain used is Sikkens Cetol 1 & 2/3 (Teak)   which we love. 


First, how do we determine for sure it is mold/mildew?  What process/solutions would you suggest we use to take care of it? 


Let us know if you need further information.  If it's easier for you, you can email us @ 


Thank you in advance for any help/advice you can give us. 


Terry & Shelley

At 3:27pm on May 7, 2010, Ron and Joan Morgan said…
Thanks Chris, I appreciate your kind comments.
At 1:26pm on February 19, 2010, Kevin Piatz said…
Congradulations, I enjoy your posts a lot.
At 12:02pm on December 15, 2009, Jackie Pinkston said…
thanks Charis. I'll see what I can find for our state.
At 10:11am on November 24, 2009, Glenn V said…
Hi Charis. We love our property. Its 10 acres almost all wooded with a great creek running thru it. The front, like in the picture is already cleared off. We planted several cherry and apple trees plus a variety of other trees and bushes to attract birds. We are fairly sure we will be going with Golden Eagle. We don't have the mountain views tho..... just none available at the current time in Kansas.....Been to Co. many times skiing in different resorts. I need to look up and see where Henderson is. I love the beauty of Co.
At 6:56pm on November 20, 2009, Glenn V said…
Thanks Charis. I got that as a Christmas present a couple years ago. The picture it is in is our actual property we will build on some day not too far off. The other picture is a plan I have been designing on the computer. I put some of the log walls on, but the gables is a real pain to put the logs on with this program and of course it has changed again since I drew that one. Part of trying to fit every desire into a smaller package. BTW thanks for all your expertise you have given. It really has helped me. I try to become knowledgeable in things I do and probably go a little overboard. But its always better to be informed than to shoot in the dark. The company I will be going with use Shashco for the inside stain, which I probably will put on myself.
At 1:07am on September 12, 2009, Greg said…
Hi Charis: I'd appreciate a copy of the log stain comparison and keeping the dream alive. Thanks Greg


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