"Wow - that's pretty bad. In all our years of doing our Zero Failures contractor training course and blasting the same log walls over and over and over again, I've never seen that. I imagine poor technique has a lot to do with it. I've…"
"Beautiful home, Bill. Finally got around to looking at those pics. Excellent work, and I'm sure the homeowners will be pleased for a good long time. In our experience and in all our testing in our lab, Sikkens makes a good stain.
Glad you received the samples. If we can get the rain to stop, maybe you can get some work done. :-) Alas, control of the weather is far above my pay grade. Ha.
Alpine Lumber in Durango carries many of our products in stock, including…"
"Karen - Just cutting/pasting into here my responses via email earlier today. Everyone else: this was only in response to the power washing photos.
Based on the photo you provided, it looks like the stain on the upper curve of the logs was pretty…"
"I agree w/ Donald about adding in the M-1 or some other mildewcide to areas more prone to mildew growth. The EPA will only allow manufacturers to add so much. If they add in more, they'll be required to register the product as a mildewcide. And…"
"True, not all cracks and checks need to be sealed. We always say that exterior upward facing cracks that are 1/4" wide or more should be sealed. Why? They can hold moisture, which can then soak into the wood and eventually cause rot. Those…"
"According to the MSDS on their website, it's a paraffinic oil, not linseed or some other natural oil.
FYI, in case you didn't already know: sealants (caulking and chinking) won't adhere to surfaces treated with Q8 or similar…"
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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?
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?
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Thank you in advance for any help/advice you can give us.
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.
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.