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CharisB replied to Lily's discussion Bad staining contractor!
"Hi, Lily. Sorry to hear about your frustrations. I don't know your contractor and don't know what you agreed to with the work that was done, so can't speak to that a whole lot. What I can tell you about it wood! Those photos show…"
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CharisB replied to Rodney coryer's discussion Cedar deck mold
"Wait no more than 2 weeks, if you can. The wood can start building up the sunburned wood fibers in as little as 7 days, so 2 weeks is a max.  Yes, a floor sander will make everything go faster, though not necessarily a brand. Stick with an…"
CharisB replied to Carlos B's discussion Wall Leaks
"Hi, Carlos. I'd suggest you have a thermographic imaging of the home done. This will help pinpoint where the leaks are happening and help you seal the right areas. Your local energy provider probably knows of a few contractors who can do that…"
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CharisB replied to Rodney coryer's discussion Cedar deck mold
"No need to use a cleaner or neutralizer first. As I mentioned in my previous response, we're pretty sure that's not tannins but actually just UV damaged wood that turns dark when it gets saturated. Sanding will help reduce that and even…"
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CharisB replied to Rodney coryer's discussion Cedar deck mold
"Hey, Rodney. I ran your pics by our R&D team, just to make sure about what we were seeing in them. Really, what you're seeing is typical of a clear deck stain. It wears very quickly, leaving parts of the wood bare and others protected. The…"
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CharisB replied to Billy Benedict's discussion Suggestions on upkeep
"Hi, Billy. I just emailed you back. Sorry for the delay! Been out of the office and not able to check email or surf the net. Let me know if you have any other questions. -- Charis"
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CharisB replied to Billy Benedict's discussion Suggestions on upkeep
"HI, Billy. Do you know what kind of stain is on there now? That will dictate the type of maintenance that you do, along with frequency. You are correct that the south side is going to need maintenance more often. If the fading isn't too bad,…"
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CharisB replied to J's discussion Mold on log cabin - help please
"Well thanks, Scott! I enjoy talking to you log homeowners. :-)  --- Charis"
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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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