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CharisB replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"I've seen bowing in logs under windows before. There have been a number of reasons, some pretty bad (severely rotted logs that needed to be replaced....thousands of $$$!), another was just bad log siding under a heavy window. Also needed…"
Apr 1
CharisB replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"I'd have a log home restoration pro take a look at it before you buy. A typical home inspector is not familiar with the special needs of log homes. The bowing may be fixable, but how much it will cost is what you'll want to know.…"
Apr 1
CharisB replied to Brent C.'s discussion Mixing two stains
"Transformation neutral base isn't available yet. Brett - it is true that you can add universal pigments to the stain, as long as they're transoxide pigments, but it's not as controllable as mixing together the already-available…"
Mar 10
CharisB replied to Brent C.'s discussion Mixing two stains
"Brent -  You have a couple options: 1) Mix the stains together. Try several mixtures until you get the look you want. Just make sure you're doing the sampling correctly. In generally, brushing on 3 HEAVY coats is about the equivalent of…"
Mar 10
CharisB replied to Brent C.'s discussion Afer I sand....
"Leaf blower. :-) Or shop vac on reverse. -- Charis"
Feb 28
CharisB replied to Brent C.'s discussion Sanding disk question
"Log Monster is a carbide grinding disk. You can pick on up online from Log Home Resource Center: -- Charis"
Feb 24
CharisB replied to Brent C.'s discussion Sanding disk question
"Happy to help, Brett. :-) It's not the depth so much as the "hardness" of those grooves. Sometimes the raised grooves are fairly soft on top and can be ground down with just Buffy pads, but you never know until you actually put the…"
Feb 24
CharisB replied to Brent C.'s discussion Sanding disk question
"Brett -  Depending on the depth of the grooves, Osborn cup brushes or 3M/Sashco's Buffy Pads will work to remove that. Both are used on the end of an angle grinder. Work goes pretty fast. The Osborn brushes last a long time. If you need…"
Feb 24

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At 7:35pm on March 20, 2012, larry said…

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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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