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CharisB replied to Keren Rhodes's discussion Can you share your log home's HERS rating?
"Not impossible, but definitely can be a bit more difficult. Take a look at this whitepaper from the Log Home Council (part of the NAHB). It's a bit dated, but may be…"
CharisB replied to J's discussion Mold on log cabin - help please
"A question for you: is this in sunny areas or shady areas only? If it's in sunny areas, it's quite possible it's algae, not mold. If it's in the shady areas, it's probably mold. To test for where it's growing, Take a…"
Feb 17
CharisB replied to Doug Ottney's discussion Dang Pictures!
"Hi, Shelley. Wood will turn yellow over time on its own, due to both UV exposure and oxygen exposure. The oil-based sanding sealer will help limit the oxygen degradation some, but it'll do nothing about the UV exposure. At least in those areas…"
Feb 6
CharisB replied to Doug Ottney's discussion Dang Pictures!
"I've known many who've done that. Depending on the buyer, they sometimes want to refinish anyhow, so I'd certainly consider that option. Your realtor may have some thoughts on that, as well."
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CharisB replied to Doug Ottney's discussion Dang Pictures!
"Agreed - Dang pictures! The easiest and least amount of work would be to leave the pictures up, inform the new buyers of the work that might be necessary to repair that, and sell it as-is. :-) (OK OK. I was being a little ornery there.) A couple…"
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CharisB replied to Ryley Layden's discussion Log home renovation restore help?!
"Hey, Ryley. There's a lot to know! I'm going to have one of our Tech Experts give you a call sometime today. They can walk you through some of your questions and hopefully help you take some next steps. We'll be in touch! ---…"
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CharisB replied to Adam's discussion coat?
"Do you mean is there a clear top coat for Woodscapes Solid? Most water-based clear coats will go over a solid stain without any issues. That said, the difference in elasticity between the two products could cause some issues. If one or the other…"
Sep 22, 2016
Eddie McVay replied to CharisB's discussion Deer Repellent Article
"Shall I share a simple deer repellent At high speed blend  eggs and a cup or two of cold water, add to agallon of water and let it stand, after 24 hours spray on foliage. It simply works"
Sep 21, 2016

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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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