Thursday, April 16, 2015
Spring is one of the best times to make repairs or upgrades on your log home. One of the major concerns of log homeowners is the damage caused by moisture due snow. As the snow begins to melt, the home is again highly vulnerable to moisture damage. Here are a few pointers for dealing with wood decay caused by wet winter months so you can enjoy the good weather soon to come!
As snow begins to melt, the wet weather leaves log homeowners at risk of log decay, or the rotting of wood due to moisture. Rotting logs on your home is an issue you should repair in punctual fashion. Do a thorough walkthrough in and around your home, and if you discover rotting wood you should cut the rotten parts out and replace is with new log sections.
Once you have replaced the rotten wood, it is essential to coat the new log with insect, mold and mildew repellants. Since rot is a problem associated with moisture, it is particularly important to add a final coating that will give the wood more breathability, allowing water to escape the log, as well as to repel moisture.
It’s also wise to check your roof and make sure that you aren’t having wood rotting caused by water run-off. Cleaning your gutters can help prevent excessive water run-off, and if you don’t have gutters this is a great time of year to have them installed. If you have trees or shrubs that brush excessively against your log home you should trim them since rainwater can be transferred to wood.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
One of the biggest problems is wasps or bees using holes in your logs that were made by beetles to place food and eggs in. Once they do that it will create a dirt wall to seal off the hole.
Then when the offspring finally hatch, they crease a hole through that wall and leave the log. The misconception that follows is that all of this will harm the wood, however, they only use it for nesting purposes.
Even so, this can still be quite a nuisance for log cabin owners if they are looking to be outside, as a large group of bees or wasps can become over-baring and even harm you by stinging you.
Don’t Feel the Sting of Summer
The good news is, there are two simple steps to eliminate this problem.
One of them is to fill any holes on your cabin with chalk or chinking.
The second is if it’s already too late and there have been wasps and bees hatched, is to clean out the hole and seal them to prevent any more new insects from being hatched.
Hults Bruk Replacement Hickory Handles (a.k.a. haft or helve) for Hults Bruk Axes. As the saying goes with several variations, "T...
Rustic log furniture is increasing in popularity, and many people are opting to build DIY log furniture and railings at their own cabi...
Trees are living, breathing organisms. Even after they die and are used in construction as logs and timbers, they continue to function as li...
January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! One of the best ways to cut energy costs on an existing log home is to seal the joint...