"Sanding down the whole log isn't usually necessary. You may want to sand down just the edges of the crack itself, simply to get rid of any loose wood fibers, but even then - on the interior, it doesn't matter all that much. You will want…"
"Hi, Laura. Great pics!
I'm not a structural engineer, so can't speak to the structurability, but I have seen log checks for a few years now and those look completely normal for a log home, both size and location. As the logs dry out,…"
I'm not a structural engineer, so can't speak to the safety of those beams. I can tell you that checking like that is fairly typical on the interior, even after several years, and it will eventually stop when the wood comes…"
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"My aunt & uncle in CA have a redwood place that looks very similar to the one in the pic, with bark intact. But - they could be wrong & it could be cedar. They were going by what the previous owners had told them.
In any case, both cedar…"
"Looks more like redwood to me. I've seen a few homes like yours, and quite a few cedar homes, too. Cedar is generally lighter, even when old and aged. Redwood tends to hold its color, even when aged.
Redwood is especially susceptible to…"
"Hi, Scott. It's good to hear that the stain is still in reasonable shape after 2-3 years. A good contractor will be able to tell you if you really need to do it right away, or if you can put it off a bit longer. You can find several…"
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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?
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?
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Thank you in advance for any help/advice you can give us.
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.
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.