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Treating the outside of an older cabin
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My cabin in Richmond, Virginia, is about 100 years old. As far as I can tell, nothing has been done to the outside of the logs since it was constructed. (The inside has already been renovated. The…Continue

Tags: stain, masonry, seal, mildew, cleaning

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duke Sep 13, 2013.

Cracks in concrete chinking
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I have some Portland cement chinking that is otherwise in good shape, but there are some small gaps or cracks where it has shrunk and no longer adheres to the log. I can see daylight from the inside,…Continue

Tags: cracks, cement, chinking

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duke Oct 25, 2010.

Clay on chinking
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Has anyone ever used clay plaster to cover interior chinking? Clay is a product that is used as a finish on walls. It is very environmentally friendly, won't mildew, can be easily repaired, will…Continue

Tags: chinking, clay

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Duke Oct 1, 2010.

Waterlox
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My cabinet/furniture maker has advised us to look into Waterlox tung oil (http://www.waterlox.com/) for the interior of our logs. He says it is expensive and…Continue

Tags: oil, tung, Waterlox

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Piatz Oct 4, 2010.

 

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John Duke replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"Thanks for the detailed response, Brian. I'll look for the spec sheet. John"
Sep 13, 2013
Brian Weigel replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"Hello John, You have a lot of work planned. If only all log home owners were this detailed our jobs would be easier. I have a few suggestions as well. 1. Be sure to select an acrylic based latex caulk that is designed specifically for log homes.…"
Sep 13, 2013
John Duke replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"Thanks again, sha"
Sep 11, 2013
shanny replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"The other thing I forgot to mention...is that we bought a grout bag at HD for around $4.00 or $5.00 (which is like a cake icing pastry bag).  Excellent tool (if you are using a mortar based chinking) to get into tight spots.  Since my…"
Sep 11, 2013
shanny replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"Thanks. My wife and I built it (bucket list things). I will tell you that "chinking"  to quote Dean Fitzgerald from http://www.fitzgeraldtimberframes.com/logcabins.html;   "can be more like visiting doctors, the more…"
Sep 11, 2013
John Duke replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"Thanks for all the useful information and helpful links. It will take me a while to absorb some of this. I should say I'm not going for historical restoration, but I am trying to remain true to the spirit of the cabin as much as possible. I…"
Sep 10, 2013
shanny replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"I also forgot to mention Michael Dutton posted some older traditional log home recipes on the Bearfort Lodge site that might be interesting as well; http://www.bearfortlodge.com/"
Sep 10, 2013
shanny replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"I made my own daubing out of sand, dolomite, smidgen of water and some elastomeric I had laying around (I tinted it the color I wanted)...I was going to go lime based mortar (with just a small amount of portland), but chose to do my own thing. …"
Sep 10, 2013
CharisB replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"I will write you directly, John. Of course, feel freel to search the forum here for my opinions on stain, as I've given them many times in the past. As to the log ends: use epoxy if you have any soft spots. Dig out the rot first, then seal with…"
Sep 10, 2013
John Duke replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"Thanks to both of you. Thomas, I don't care too much about giving the cabin a modern look (it is, after all, pretty old), but I am interested in learning what you mean by a skim coat. Do you mean a skim coat of Portland cement, or some other…"
Sep 10, 2013
CharisB replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"That all sounds like a good plan and I agree w/ Thomas's note, also. I'll stay out of the stain recommendations, as I'm biased. :-) Just know that Sashco makes them. Ha! My one suggestion: use something else to seal those log ends.…"
Sep 9, 2013
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to John Duke's discussion Treating the outside of an older cabin
"Sound like a really excellent plan.  Only thing I might suggest is skim coat chinking over the existing concrete chink with Sashco or Permachink product.  Add a nice 1/8" thick layer of skim coat and then the cabin will look more…"
Sep 7, 2013
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Treating the outside of an older cabin

My cabin in Richmond, Virginia, is about 100 years old. As far as I can tell, nothing has been done to the outside of the logs since it was constructed. (The inside has already been renovated. The logs were blasted with dry ice pellets, sanded, and the logs treated.)The logs are dark in places. I tested with bleach and they appear to just be black from accumulated dirt. The logs on the southern side appear very dry. There are some logs that are receiving splash back from rain; I've installed…See More
Sep 7, 2013
John Duke commented on Tim Bullock's blog post Not Just Log Homes Part 11
"Sorry, Tim, I can't find my checkbook. I must have left it either in my yacht or my Porsche."
Apr 26, 2013
John Duke commented on Tim Bullock's blog post Not Just Log Homes Part 11
"Very nice. I'm jealous."
Apr 26, 2013
John Duke replied to Kelly's discussion Cleaning Decks
"I've been using OxiClean on decks and outdoor wooden furniture to prep them. It is cheaper than the dedicated products, is environmentally gentle, is not too harsh on the wood, works quickly, and looks great. There are YouTube videos to help…"
Apr 20, 2013

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My wife and I are renovating a 100 year old log cabin in the city of Richmond, Virginia. We want to maintain the character of the structure while making it comfortably modern. We are attempting to use environmentally friendly products. The project is documented at http://condemnationplantation.blogspot.com/
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Not yet ... but soon, very, very soon
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Buckets of rain

Bob Dylan has a touring schedule that would be grueling for a man half his age. He was in California on Saturday, New York on Sunday, and is in Richmond on Tuesday. He can't be in it for the money.

Read more at: http://condemnationplantation.blogspot.com/2013/04/buckets-of-rain.html

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 1:16am

Nailing it

The final barrier to full legal compliance with the city's building code has been the stairway. The eight steps down to the lower level and an additional two to the bathroom require handrails to satisfy the guardians of our safety. I think it is similar to Darien refusing to let me wear slippers without treads,…

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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 3:47pm

Ring me up

Sometimes work on the cabin just plods along.

Take the doorbell, for example. An inexpensive electric chime was installed during the first renovation, but somewhere during the reconstruction it was disconnected and no longer functions. We have been without one since we moved in last…

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Posted on December 20, 2012 at 12:42am

Shines like gold

Work has slowed down on the cabin, letting us gear up for the next phase. Mr. Seals is up in the mountains hunting this weekend, but a few weeks ago Robin invited us over to help him celebrate his birthday ...

 

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Posted on November 18, 2012 at 10:33pm

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At 10:02am on May 13, 2012, marty glass said…

thanks for the comment back on the books  John,as we are looking to take on the whole log look

 
 
 

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