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Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
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So we are buying a log house and I'd like to have some input on what to do with it. This forum seems to have a great deal of collective wisdom, so please don't hesitate to add your two cents.  A…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Roger May 31, 2014.

 

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Jeff Roger replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Oh! What a description, as it had not gone with a renovation in the last 10 year therefore the renovation cost will be much higher. No, I did not use QB and in my knowledge chinking accepts stains. The cost of your real estatewill be beyond your…"
May 31, 2014
Bob Mack replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Well I may have time to see the home as I live in WNY. If your close enuff I wood like to look at her.I live in 14739 area code. "
Feb 8, 2014
Raymond Wengerd replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Well, I was envisioning, somebody installed a ventless roof system over top of an existing roof. Meaning there was foam board installed over an existing roof deck. If a bank did it, that is likely not the case. It looks like there are perlins…"
Feb 5, 2014
Raymond Wengerd replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
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Feb 5, 2014
Zachary Garber replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Ray, A note about the roof and eaves.  About 3-5 years ago the asphalt roof was failing.  It looks like the bank slapped the metal roof on top as quickly and inexpensively as possible.  I suspect that they never even bothered to…"
Feb 5, 2014
Raymond Wengerd replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"An additional 2 cents. Keep in mind, that your wood preservatives will not do much good in places where there are old finishes, not removed. The carrier agents will not carry it to the inside of the surface because of the existing finish barriers. I…"
Feb 5, 2014
Zachary Garber replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"We have also been thinking about the Saschco Log and Timber stain.  The folks at Schroder's recommended it.  It says that it is compatible over a variety of other stains, what are your thoughts on it's compatibility? "
Feb 5, 2014
TKO Log Home Repairs replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Q8 faded color wise more than i would have liked. The color selection is very limited compared with some of the other brands.  The reason i suggested to strip is because they looked so dark in the pictures. If you stay within one companies…"
Feb 4, 2014
Donald Parsons replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Hi Zachar - you're spot on with film forming products.  I personally had two other products on my log home that were both film forming and had problems all along.  I finally had them blasted off and went with Q8 Log Oil.  An…"
Feb 4, 2014
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Your home reminds me almost exactly of one that we did a full log restoration on this past summer 2013 in Teller County, Colorado.  The process was: 1)testing 2)blasting 3)remove old chinking 4)apply grip strip backer 5)Stain with Sashco…"
Feb 4, 2014
CharisB replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Generally, if you stay with products from the same company, you avoid compatibility problems. After all, it  doesn't make much sense for them to make products that won't work together. :-)  Film formers don't always have to…"
Feb 4, 2014
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Any time you wash with sodium percarbonate you will also want to do a second step using oxalic acid to neutralize your reaction.  This is general chemistry 101 and is called an acid / base wash.  Sodium percarbonate is your base and oxalic…"
Feb 4, 2014
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"A good log home maintenance project begins with inspection.  Since this home was built before 1979 there is a chance that the original stain has lead and the old concrete chinking may contain asbestos.  An environmental testing company can…"
Feb 4, 2014
Zachary Garber replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Charis, A question about vegetation: how far away should it be?  I love growing things and planting things and it is a bit of a loss for me to not be able to have plantings right against the house.  Is the idea to promote air flow and…"
Feb 4, 2014
Zachary Garber replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"TKO, I really love the light dark contrast of the cabin you did, nice work! My intentions with the sodium percarbonate was to clean more than strip.  I really want to avoid stripping or blasting if I can.  If I used a stripper, will the…"
Feb 4, 2014
TKO Log Home Repairs replied to Zachary Garber's discussion Buying house that needs some work...where to start?
"Very Nice! I just did a job very similar to this for my families business. The chinking, color and log stack all about the same. Ill post some pictures on my page if you have any questions feel free to ask. My two cents-  After you trim those…"
Feb 4, 2014

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Happily married with two little girls. I like the outdoors, growing things, and learning new skills. I've done a lot of random things in my life: climbing mountains in Nepal, driving a bus into NYC, I even worked as a professional chicken catcher at one point.
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At 4:09pm on February 2, 2014, Donald Parsons said…

Hi Zachary!  I've had Q8 on now for about 5 years (since the last application) and about 3 years before that.  Still looks good and is holding up great.  Let us know if you are interested in log home building materials from Appalachian Log Structures - we would love the opportunity to provide you with our quality log home products.  all the best - Donald

 
 
 

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