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CharisB replied to Ray Mazza's discussion Best Stain>
"I would add that, in general, wood preservatives mixed in with the stain are not as effective on their own as those that are applied to the bare wood, then covered over and sealed in by a high-performance stain. Those left on the surface (in the…"
CharisB replied to Laura Hodge Pfister's discussion New Purchase - Gaps, Foam Insulation & Logs Splitting
"Hi, Laura. Well, I replied to your post yesterday, but my post isn't showing up! Weird. Sorry for the delay. Congrats on the log home purchase! The gaps are normal, as are the cracks in the logs themselves (called checks). As logs dry and…"
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CharisB replied to Paul Woodman's discussion Needing advice about blasting and staining.
"We have several log home finishing contractors listed on our website. Feel free to visit to get some names. --- Charis w/ Sashco - - "
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CharisB replied to Rip Noel's discussion Need help with your log home restoration?
"What a neat idea! I will probably have to order that and watch it. :-) For those who are interested in going more in-depth, check out Sashco's Zero Failures seminar. While generally aimed towards contractors, we've had several DIY…"
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CharisB replied to Barbara Bruno's discussion Soft Rot or just aridly dry?
"Good luck with the project! It'll be a labor of love, for sure. Good for you for getting informed now. It'll make things more predictable when work actually starts. --- Charis"
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CharisB replied to Barbara Bruno's discussion Soft Rot or just aridly dry?
"I mean...if that is rot, possibly having to reface or replace that log (depending on how bad it is and if it affects the structure of the home), and completely stripping and refinishing the home. That's a pretty major undertaking.  What…"
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CharisB replied to Barbara Bruno's discussion Soft Rot or just aridly dry?
"Barbara -  Those are called logs with character. The vertical cracking is typical of two things: rot, or some sort of major impact. (Could also be insect damage, but I don't see any entry or exit holes in your pics.) I'd recommend…"
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CharisB replied to Cynthia Schnitz's discussion Why do I never see 'Big Stretch' mentioned for exterior caulking?
"That 40 degree requirement is important. Big Stretch is water-based and cures by evaporation. If the water in it freezes, ice crystals form. Those crystals can affect the way the product cures and adversely affect performance (including ruined…"
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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 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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