I just finished viewing your photos. Beautiful place you have there. I'd say that riding motorcycle and living in a log home go perfectly together. What a lovely place to come home to after a long day's ride. Congratulations! We live where there are some pretty rough gravel roads and hills here in Arkansas so we had to sell our bike before we moved here from Minneapolis. Enjoy your new home.
Stay Clean is the mildewcide, not the cleaner, so you had it right the first time. :-) The shelf life of the Stay Clean will be as long as the shelf life of your maintenance coat. With most products, that's around 2 years. If you plan on using all 5 of those gallons before shelf life is up, then go ahead and get the Stay Clean for it, as well. But if some of those 5 gallons will end up sitting around for several years (to the point it goes past shelf life), I'd hold off.
Hi, Terry & Shelley. Thanks for the comment on my page.
You've pretty much already tested - you can wipe away the black spots but they return. You have some surface mold and mildew on there. Easy-ish fix: 1) clean with a sodium percarbonate cleaner (oxygenated bleach) to kill the existing mold and mildew. Apply the cleaner then rinse thoroughly 2) Allow to dry. 3) Apply the clear coat (is that 1 or 23? I forgot...) but this time, boost it with a mildewcide. We like Stay Clean I/E. It will help control surface mold and mildew and it's pretty inexpensive - $30 for the amount needed for a 5-gal. bucket. You can get smaller amounts for 1-gal. buckets, too.
Keep an eye out on other high-risk areas for the same thing (north side, anywhere that doesn't get sun). If you see it there, treat the same way & you should be in good shape.
One other recommendation: get a hold of a moisture meter. Be sure your wood is below 19% moisture content before doing any of this work. Putting another coat on may trap some of the moisture and cause mold/mildew growth under the stain, which is much harder to fix. My guess is that ceiling just doesn't get a whole lot of sun which is what is causing this issue. Nonetheless, a moisture meter is a tool every log home owner should have around for routine maintenance. You can get them for a pretty good price online. You don't need anything fancy (like those digital moisture meters that run in the hundreds of dollars!). A simple $30-60 model will do.
Hope that helps! Beautiful home, by the way. I always enjoy watchin the slide shows you homeowners have up. :-)
Shelley, thanks for the info on the copper caps - we have done some searching on the internet but will check out Lowes!
We are in Lexington SC, about 10 miles from Harbison. Our log home is about 18 miles west of Murphy, NC - we are anxiously awaiting the time we can move there permanently which will probably be next year.
Enjoyed looking at your pics, dogs are beautiful too!
Love the new pictures Shelley...sure do miss "home" and all my great neighbors. I'll be up for a long weekend. Aug. 19-22, then we'll both be up for the third week in Oct. for "color"! Can't wait to see you guys!
Hi Terry and Shelley: yes, it seems I have to "approve" comments, so it just takes some time. Sorry about that... one bad apple spoiled the bunch, so now I have to approve each and every post. What a bother! I'm not always in front of my email so it just takes me a while to get these approved so they will post. Anyway, I appreciate your concern about our financing woes. I do agree with you... I figure God always has a plan, so sometimes these things are out of our control, but He knows what's best! We almost bought a parcel of land and it turned out to be right next door to a cement factory and all the groundwater was polluted. The closing blew up at the last minute... good thing! We live about 6 hours away from you guys but would LOVE to see the house somtime! Keep in touch... Rose
Not sure why the comment didn't post! Sorry about that. I agree with you on your last comment, tho... Goldens do seem to be popular "Log Dogs", don't they? There's just something about gentle Goldens and the peace and quiet of a log home -- they just go together, don't they?
Terry and Shelley, your home is SO beautiful! We've hit a roadblock with financing, so still wishing and dreaming. Now that I've seen how great your home turned out using regular construction with log siding, I think that's the route we're going to go too (logs dry out too fast here in the high country of Colorado, so we have a lot of twisting and warping, even with "kiln dried" logs). Great job! You're an inspiration to us all. ( :
So glad you are in...I know you are sooooo excited and we are too! Got our CO so, this time (June 10th) its all about decorating! A mountain party is certainly in order! =) Dave's going to be a "deck ornament" tho, he has surgery on wrist and elbow before we head up there, so he gets to just relax and heal! (and celebrate!) See you soon.
We have just joined this forum and I enjoyed watching the progress of your log home. We are planning to build like you did - regular construction with log siding. Your house turned out beautiful and I am wondering if you have a pieces of advice you would like to impart.
I noticed people were not always nice about your building style...I disagree you should enjoy the wonderful home you created.
We have just completed the planning stage and are headed to the county approval and permitting stage...a little nervous but more excited!
As I mentioned, we would welcome any advice that you may have for us. (If you have time)
Enjoyed your pics! You are in "our neck of the woods." Our cabin is near Waynesville. We just finished ours about 2 years ago and we love it. The process couldn't have gone smoother, then the builder folded right when our house was done! (after 30 yrs. in business!) Luckily, the only sub not paid was the furnace guy which cost us $1500. We were blessed, because we could have had liens slapped against us. Get release of liens from each sub contractor along the way! I couldn't get my pics to go to the comments on the blog either! Ha! We love the area and have spent many years vacationing up there from FL. We've also stayed in Fontana and rafted the Nantahala many times. We plan to retire there as soon as we can get this FL house sold! Hope all goes well with yours:)
We got this dining room set at Belleview Furnishings on route 19/129 in North Carolina. 19/129 goes from route 64 near Murphy and runs down to Blairsville, Ga. The owner's name is Laurie. I'm sorri I do not have the paperwork to give you a phone number, but I could get it for you. Hope this helps. I'm not at the cabin so I can't look and see who made the set. The table has a folding hideable type leaf in the middle.