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Insect boring holes in knots of pine
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I will soon be refinishing a side of my log home (stripping to bare wood, borate, then stain).  I have noticed that some insect has been boring into the knots of the logs in a few places.  In some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Donelson on Friday.

Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
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I recently built a garage and have installed log siding on the building to match my home.  The siding I used was sitting in a barn for over 20 years and was somewhat dirty, but otherwise ok.  I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by trey spoon Nov 22, 2018.

Staining the back of log siding
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I am building a garage and installing log siding on it to match my log home.  I have been told to stain the back of the siding prior to installing.  I am guessing this is to protect the back side of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by CharisB Oct 19, 2017.

Window Dormer Issues

I need to replace the fascia boards on my gable window dormers. It appears they have been installed too close to the shingles and are rotting as a result. I also will need to replace a few pieces of…Continue

Started Jun 16, 2015

 

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Brian Donelson replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"Most likely the female laid her eggs at the edge of the knot, as it would provide the easiest access to a safe place to develop when they hatched. Then the eggs hatched, they burrowed back down into the log (and in this case, down a small fissure in…"
Friday
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"Brian, Yes I did notice frass on the hole shown in the first picture.  I used a toothpick to scrape it out and see if I could find anything but no luck.  There are no signs of exit holes near the knots.  It appears that is where they…"
Friday
Brian Donelson replied to Mike's discussion Insect boring holes in knots of pine
"Hi Mike, From the pictures it's rather hard to tell what is causing the damage, but typically borate treatment on clean bare wood is an excellent preventative measure for any of the wood ingesting insects.  Most of the time we see insect…"
Friday
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Insect boring holes in knots of pine

I will soon be refinishing a side of my log home (stripping to bare wood, borate, then stain).  I have noticed that some insect has been boring into the knots of the logs in a few places.  In some areas its just a small hole, but on others it appears it ate out most of the knot.  I do plan on treating the walls with borate, but I am unsure if this will even help since it will probably not be absorbed in the knots.  Any idea what is causing this?…See More
Friday
trey spoon replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Could be tannin staining. Under certain conditions (moisture) some species of wood can stain itself. My log package was delivered that way after spending most of the winter in a log yard out in the weather .  Oxalic acid and bleach will not…"
Nov 22, 2018
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Charis, Do you think the blue is mold and the black mildew? Yes I am definitely going to clean and re-do the Timbor. The wood isn’t fuzzy it’s just like that from the way it was milled 30 years ago by the Amish and is somewhat rough cut…"
Oct 12, 2018
CharisB replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Mike - That looks like mold/mildew to us. I had our chemist take a look, too. In addition, I'm seeing some wood fuzzing, likely caused by the combo of cleaning and rinsing. You'll want to sand that off with a 60 grit sandpaper. It'll…"
Oct 12, 2018
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Attached are 2 pictures of something that looks like mold. This was only on a few boards. Does this look like mold. I’m guessing I shouldn’t stain over this. I didn’t see this last night. Now I am thinking I will was with bleach,…"
Oct 12, 2018
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"these 3 pictures are of the blueish residue. It was a lot more obvious last night but I rubbed most of it off. "
Oct 12, 2018
CharisB replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Another thought: if the blue was there before, it could be tannin staining. The oxalic acid would bring it to the surface and loosen it some, which would make it come off easily with a finger. Rinsing the whole wall some more, then sanding just…"
Oct 12, 2018
CharisB replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Well that certainly explains things a bit more. My guess is that you probably have some oxalic acid in the wood still. It might be that you just need to rinse some more. Hit up your local pool supply or hot tub supply place, or a paint store. Get a…"
Oct 12, 2018
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Actually now that I think of it, the other 3 sides were cleaned with sodium percarbonate and I did not have this happen. The reason I used oxalic acid was I found a container of crystals I had leftover in my garage from work on my house and thought…"
Oct 12, 2018
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Charis, Thanks for the advice and help. It seems like every time I ask something here you are very helpful. The blue residue was there before the borate. It’s just that I noticed it when I started to spray the borate. Now I am hesitant to…"
Oct 12, 2018
CharisB replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Thanks for the added details. The higher iron content in the well water might have something to do with it, too. We'll try to piece together everything we know with what you know and figure it out. Many traditional deck cleaners are also acids…"
Oct 12, 2018
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"That’s kind of what I was wondering- if it was a chemical reaction of some kind. It seems odd that mold would form so quickly after cleaning. I would have taken pictures but I was spraying the borate at night( only time I could with young…"
Oct 12, 2018
CharisB replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Hi, Mike. You might be dealing w/ some chemical interactions between the two products, in combination with some loose wood fibers still being on the surface. If you can post more details about how you rinsed off the wood, if you used anything…"
Oct 12, 2018

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