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CharisB replied to Scott Blayden's discussion Blasting Material
"Schroeder Log Home Supply just across the border in Middlebury, IN, carries blast media in stock. Give them a call at 800-359-6614 or --- Charis w/ Sashco - -"
Apr 1
CharisB replied to George's discussion Blasting log home
"Sorry to hear this, George. It's true that blasting alone with raise the grain of the wood. The good news is that a small amount of raised grain isn't a bad thing. In fact, it allows more stain onto the surface of the wood for better…"
Mar 26
CharisB left a comment for Nicholas Martin
"Hi, Nicholas. Got your message on my wall. So glad to hear you're a fan of Capture and Cascade! Give me a call anytime at 720-322-8264, or you can also email me at"
Feb 25
CharisB replied to Laura Ramthun's discussion Cracking Logs on Interior and Exterior
"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…"
Feb 16
CharisB replied to Laura Ramthun's discussion Cracking Logs on Interior and Exterior
"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,…"
Feb 16
CharisB replied to Bem's discussion Large checking indoors on roof beams
"Bruno -  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…"
Jan 8
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to CharisB's discussion Calling all Sashco Capture and Cascade users!
"I give Sashco Capture / Cascade 5 stars in the poll!  Excellent product with great color choices and easy to maintain...  I started using Capture / Cascade this year more because the Transformation 'Log and Timber' formula seemed…"
Jan 7
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Calling all Sashco Capture and Cascade users!

We at Sashco are doing some polling and would like to talk to Capture and Cascade users, both contractors and homeowners. Give me a call or email me so we can talk. There is a good incentive if you call! :-) No telling! We like to surprise you all. Contact info:- Toll free: 800-767-5656 ext. 164- Direct: 720-322-8264- Email: Charis w/ SashcoSee More
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I have been working for Sashco for 5 years in customer and technical support. I love my job, love the company and truly enjoy working with log home owners.
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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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