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VIEWS, COMMENTARY, AND QUESTIONS FROM READERS

TOPICS:
  • "Can log face be purchased rather than whole logs?..."
  • "Looking for someone to build a small...cabin..."
  • "Shrinkage Problems?..."
  • "I have a sever mold/mildew problem...."
  • Exterior Finish?...
  • Pros & cons of log home restoration business?...
  • Who has used a log home supplier in my area?....
  • Looking for ...hand cranked guy - wired gin poles...
  • What can we do about a 200 yr. old, rotting log home?...
  • Is there a log home supplier that does financing?...
  • Looking to rent a log cabin near Ontario...
  • We love log, can we fake it?......
  • We are looking at a log home that has had fire damage....
  •           Followup: Log home w/fire damage...
  • Pine or cedar ??? Which to choose ??...
  •           Followup: ...siding is only as good as...
  • What's the best way to make a lateral groove in logs?
  • ...looking to purchase a log home...in Ontario...
  • My Texas home is beginning to show signs of rot, Help!!!
  • My home in Colorado has a big fly problem.
  •           Followup: "...We purchased a BugVac..."
  • Where can we find a dealer or manufacturer of white cedar logs?
  • Will a log home have a negative effect on our allergies/asthma?
  •           Followup: Allergies/asthma
  • Log Home manufacturers near Aspen, CO?...
  • Is it OK to sandblast cedar logs?.....
  •           Followup: Ok to sandblast cedar logs?...
  • Can anyone give me information on energy saving tips using base board heat?.....
  • Full logs vs insulated half-log......
  • Can we move an unfinished log home from a dry climate to a more damp climate?
  • How do I get rid of little wasps?
  • Sourcing log furniture & joinery on the net?
  • References for Greatwood Log Homes in OH & KY?
  • Anyone ever used Rastra block for a basement?
  • How can log home and timberframe dealers help the consumer...?
  • Where can we get plans with complete instructions to build a log home ourselves?
  • How do I connect new logs to an existing structure for an addition?
  • Where can I find home design software that duplicates logs?
  • How do we strip the interior finish of our log home in the least messy way possible?
  • How do we get rid of flies without using chemicals?
  • Can we get feedback from homeowners...?
  • Can anyone tell us about Endelmann spruce logs?
  • How do I add on to a dovetail corner handcrafted home?
  • How do I get rid of spiders?
  • How do I strip the original oil finish, and what are opinions on Woodguard?
  • How do we inform realtors about the value of log homes and overcome their reluctance to list them?
  • "My husband and I are hoping to finish off our basement which first needs to be insulated and dry walled. Our dream is to finish it off to look like the inside of a log cabin. Any ideas or how-to's? Can log 'face' be purchased rather that whole logs?"
    Mary Cook, Wisconsin
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    "Looking for someone to build a small-600 sq ft cabin for us in Nevada County, CA."
    Tony Clements, Nevada County, CA
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    "I am very interested in designing/building my own log home. However, after talking to someone who has once worked in the bussiness tells me I should think twice about doing it. I have heard about shrinkage problems due to the contrast in heat between the outdoors and indoors, and I am wondering if this is still an issue? Any information or guidance on where to go next would be helpful, thanks."
    Patrick E. Douglas, Central Maine
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    "I have a sever mold/mildew problem. We are in new construction and the problem exists mainly in the 4 x timbers used in the rafters, and wind collars etc. I have tried various things including bleach and water with limited success. I would appreciate any help from anyone. My manufacturer has refused assistance."
    Ed Carpenter, Cedar Grove, TN
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    "I am in the process of buiding a custom log home. It is constructed of 16-24" red and white pine full size logs. I am trying to locate an exterior finish that will provide the UV and water protestion, but will not change the beauty of the logs. I have tried samples of Sikkens 078 and 996, but they add an orange color to the logs, It gets worse after 3 coats. I am looking for a product that can hold the natural color as much as possbile. Do you have any experience with other products?"
    Donald Helsel, Ontonagon, MI
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    "My name is Bill Finley and I'm the owner of Nortwest Detail. My business is restoring exterior wood to include cedar homes. I'm considering geting into restoring log homes. For those of you who are already doing log home restoration what pros and cons can you tell me about to include the market. Thanks,"
    Bill Finley, Bellingham, WA
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    "I would like to hear from people in my general area (Springfield, MO) who has built a log home and who they used as a supplier, contractor, etc. Any recommendations?"
    M. Davis, Bolivar, MO
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    "looking for info ,ideas,suppliers of log and hand cranked guywired gin poles.
    thanks for any leads you can offer."
    Ted
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    "We have a couple hundred year old log cabin that is slowly sinking and rotting. How can we best and most economically preserve it? Everyone who's looked at it says no way they would touch it with a ten foot pole. HELP!"
    Carole Blane, Wyckoff, NJ
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    "Does anyone know if there is a Log Home supplier out there that does financing for someone who has their own land? In my area, we have Jim Walters Homes that does this type of financing, but they do not have log homes. I have 5 residential lots in the NC Mountains that I would like to build on for vacation rental property. Got one cabin up there now and it stays rented about 85% of the year.

    Any help would be appreciated"
    Ed, Chapel Hill, NC
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    "Sorry guys, I know this isn't really the purpose of your website but I'm keen to rent a log cabin on/near Lake Ontario for 3 or 4 days from 5th July 1999-2006.

    I'm from England & I'm finding it a little difficult to get any info, could anyone please give me some help?

    Thanks,"
    Ian, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
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    "We are adding a large bedroom and bath addition. Is there a log look wallcovering for the walls inside or some type of rustic, cabin style that can be purchased, preferably in or around Nashville or as close as possible? Other furnishings will be an antique clawfoot bathtub an gas fireplace with hearth, any ideas will be helpful."
    Theresa Holt, Ashland City, TN.
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    "We are looking at a log home that has had fire damage. Most of the logs are surface burnt and was wondering if anyone had a quick technique how to remove this and restore to its natural look while staying on a limited budget? Thanks for any suggestions!"
    D. Utsler, Derby, KS.
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    First Response:
    "It's messy but the only effective way to restore burnt logs is to sand blast them (you can blast them with materials other than sand) depending on who you have do it will determine the price."

    Bill Hood, N.W. Natural Wood Tek, Oregon
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    "I need information about the best way way to make lateral groove on log.  After remove all the bark on the log, a freind use Javel water the remove all the stuff on the log, it's ok ??

    What's the best product to put on the log after the construction: (WoodGUARD honey with parafinic base oil, TechniSEAL)I don't want to remove the product in two or three years...
    Thanks in advance."

    Eric Chateauvert, Québec, Canada
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    "Pine or cedar ??? Which to choose ?? Money is a factor!  We have heard all the benefits of cedar.....BUT !! We want to build from pine.  Are we nuts???? The builder that we planned on using, says we are! Cedar delivered to our area costs 30 % more than pine.  The builder also says pine twists and bends.  Any thoughts anybody !!!???
    Thanks"

    J&J Knox, Weyburn,Sask., Canada
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    First Response:
    "Pine or cedar, The siding is only as good as the protection you apply after installation. As long as you apply a good sealer to the finish siding and maintain it. It will last a lifetime plus. With any sidings make sure to wash with a tsp solution to remove any mill glaze and dirt, be carefull not to use to much pressure, you dont want to remove the wood. Good luck with you new project"

    Doug DeGriselles, Owner Designs by DSD, Lewiston, MI.
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    "Hi,
    My husband and I are looking to purchase a log home on a lake in Ontario.  I was wondering if any of you would have a quick way of locating the log homes that may be for sale(especially the private sales). Thanks for your kind help."

    Jane E. Bright, Canada
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    "I have a log home out of 8" spruce -logs came from Colorado the house is about 4 years old. I am having a problem with a few (4 or 5 ) spots starting to rot. What can I do to correct the problem or is there a company in Texas I can get to repair the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks"

    James Williams, Trinity,Texas
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    First Response:
    "look up the "rotdoctor" on the net."

    Allen Price, Howard, OH
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    "I have a log home in Colorado. The home is at 8,000 feet and faces south with lots of windows. The home is closed up for days at a time and warms up considerably with the solar load. I have been told that fly larvae live in the logs used to build the home. The logs were forty year old standing dead. Is this likely to be true?

    We have a problem with common house flies. Dead flies litter the floor and window sills every time we come back to the house. What can I do about this? Any help you can offer will be appreciated."

    Deak Price, Colorado.
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    First Response:
    "We also had a terrible problem with house flies when we first moved ih to our log home. We purchased a BugVac: a small vacuum with a sticky cartridge to trap the flies. After a month we noticed a great reduction in flies, and after two they were gone. We have horses and still no flies in the house. I have heard that the larva hatch from the dead body of the dead fly, so you can imagine how many are around after a few weeks. I don't think that the larvae live in the logs.Hope this helps.."

    JIm Martin, Carbondale, CO
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    "Hello,
    We are looking for a manufacturer or dealer of SOLID white cedar logs. We have a white cedar log home and need information about values, advantages, etc., AS WELL AS a source for future home construction. Who and where are the white cedar solid log suppliers? Please let us know.
    Thanks."

    Beverly Racine
    Leonard Jaffee
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    "We are seriously considering building a log home but we do have a lot of allergies (air borne) and asthma in our family and are wanting to know if this will have any negative effects? We would hate to spend all this money and then have to move from our dream place. I would appreciate it if someone with any experience or information on this would email me.
    Thank you,"

    Cheryl Repp, Kansas.
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    First Response:
    "I have had chronic allergies (dust/molds) and asthma all of my life. When we moved to a log home my symptoms did not get any worse than usual UNTIL we moved a stack of fire wood into the basement. Allergic people beware!!! the warmth of the basement triggered the growth of the molds on the wood and presto, I was in allergic agony! I never made the connection until my brother read an article about a woman who nearly died from a severe asthma attack, and saw a similarity. Her problem was traced to the moldy fire wood in her basement. After we moved all our wood back outside and cleaned the basement, I cleared right up and am doing just fine!

    I was so grateful to get this info and hope now to help someone else."

    Bonnie Miller.
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    "Hi! Your site looks great. I was interested in building a small log cabin near Aspen Colorado. I don't have much of a budget, so I was looking into pre-existing plans rather than a custom home. Do you know of any log home manufacturer companies in this area?
    Thanks!"

    Anne-Kerr Kennedy, Colorado.
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    "I have purchased a somewhat neglected cedar log home and need to clean up and treat the exterior. Is it OK to sandblast the logs to prepare the surface? If so, what type of sand should I use? Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated."

    Rick Warner, Ottowa, ON Canada
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    First Response:
    "it is ok to sand blast cedar logs there are several diffrent types of sand and along with that diffrent sizes of grit sand is better than slag. slag can cause iron stains in the wood but the new product is corn husks and they tend not to tear in to the wood quite as deep but still remove paint. But this all depends on what your taking off the wood if it's not paint then you probably can get away with using one of the chemical washes on the market today. we find that using the chemical cleaners and then pressure washing works very well. Look up Bio-Wash on the net and get one of there Strip-X samples. Do a small test and see how it comes out."

    Bill Hood, N.W. Natural Wood Tek, Oregon
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    "I will be moving into a log home with base board heat. I understand the heating bills are relatively high and am curious if you have any energy saving tips or resources that you could help me with."

    Jeff Silverio, Charlottesville, VA
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    "Full logs vs insulated-half logs...Opinions?"

    Alex Micklow, Leechburg, PA.
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    "We are looking at an unfinished log home. We want to buy the logs and move them about 300 miles. The logs are in good shape but have never had a finish on them - the house has been standing for 7-8 years (roof and good overhangs) They are quite large 15-17" Jeffery and Ponderosa Pine. I have two questions: 1) Is there a problem moving them from a high desert to the southern part of Oregon where it is much damper? and 2) We will have to take the house down now and store the logs and re-erect the house in the spring. We will store the logs covered. Should we spray for bugs and stain the logs now, or wait until we re-erect? Any other thoughts or ideas??? Any ideas on moving them? Thanks."

    Sandy Moyer, Rocklin, CA.
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    "Help!!! Little Wasps drilling holes in my Log Building. I have a 5 year old Hand Scribed Red Pine Log Building. It has been stained with Cetol 1 & 23 over the last five years. It is being attacked this year by what appears to be tiny Wasps about 1/4 in length drilling 1/8 holes. I sprayed ant & grub killer on the building and it appears to help, but would like to find a solution. Any suggestions would be appreciated."

    Steven Bird, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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    "WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A GOOD SOURCE FOR LOG FURNITURE JOINERY ON THE WEB. DO YOU KNOW OF ANY?"

    KEVIN FLYNN, Sisters, OR.
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    First response:
    "There are many great sources listed in this NetZine®. Check out our Log Home Index page. There are also one or two top quality ones listed in our Gold Log page. There are several good companies listed in the Log Home Ring as well."

    LHNZ
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    "My husband and I are planning to build a log home in spring of '99. We have researched log homes for about 5 years, but have found very few in our area to look at, and the models we have found are not to our tastes...I was wondering if anyone in the Ohio- Kentucky area has built with Greatwood, and if there are any homes we could view.......we would appreciate any feed back as to the quality of construction that has been used in their homes."

    Lou and Jeri Jones
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    "I'm considering an alternative material for my walkout basement called Rastra block. I would appreciate any feedback from folks who have used a system like this in the past."

    Michael Keyes, Boise, ID.
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    "As a loghome dealer who represents several manufacturers, and went through considerable agonizing over who to represent, I have a question for all Log Home Wannabe owners.
    How in the world, with 400+ manufacturers, and so many contradictory and conflicting claims can you make a rational choice? What can we Log and Timberframe dealers do to help you make sense of it all? Help me help you!!"

    Ted Ciolli, Jefferson City, MO.
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    First Response:
    "You ask a very valid question. I have long dreamed of owning a log home, and I thought my decision to proceed was not far off. Lately, I have been surfing the web for good log home sites. Most seem to make contradictory claims about wood type, seasoning, log preparation, and construction techniques. The web sites I have looked at compete mostly on the basis that their competition has it all wrong, or that they are the only trustworthy people to do business with. In other words, "trust me, I'm in sales"! The bottom line - I am confused and disappointed by all the hype. I have little means, nor the time, to sift through all this disparate information. As a result, I will delay my purchase of a log home until I have a clear understanding of how to select the right type of home and contractor.

    I think part of the solution is to help educate the buying public. If I could attend educational seminars that gave me unbiased, accurate information, my decision could be substantially accelerated. I am not talking about seminars that are presented or sponsored by a company with products to sell. I mean a seminar given by experts in the industry that have no underlying sales agenda. Does such a seminar exist in the log home industry? If so, please tell me where I can learn more about it.

    Standards would also help. If the industry could agree on materials and basic construction techniques, the consumer would be able to make purchase decisions faster, by removing some of the variables. Manufacturers and contractors would be forced to add real value that would be much tougher to fake.

    The distribution of sales information is another area that could be improved. Most companies seem to charge between $10 - $20 to get more information. Paying for the "privilege" of receiving a sales pitch is not something I care to do. I understand that there is a cost to print and deliver this type of material. Perhaps the answer is to provide most of this content on the web- site itself. No cost to consumers or the sellers, and the information is delivered much faster - a "win-win" solution.

    I hope my observations and suggestions are useful."

    Christopher Potter, New Jersey.
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    Second Response:
    "BRAVO FOR YOU TED, I AM SO TIRED OF ALL THE CLAIMS TO FAME THAT I'VE JUST ABOUT DECIDED TO BUY KILN DRIED BUY THE LINEAR FT AND DESIGN BUILD MY OWN AS I GO. IT'LL BET THE HECK OUT OF WHAT I GOT NOW, NOTHING."

    JAK, Cleveland, TN.
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    Third Response:
    "Boy oh boy did "TED CIOLLI ever hit the nail on the head. My wife and I have been searching on the web ,going to so-called "LOG HOME BUILDING SEMINARS" (that turn out as a sales pitches for a certain company), buying magazines, books , VCR tapes , and more brochures and pamphlets that we could wallpaper the new log home we want to build ! Every company we talk to, has "THE BEST PRODUCT" /THE BEST MATERIALS/ BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR A HUNDRED YEARS"/ ETC, ETC , ETC.

    We have tried to make rational decisions for our design but cannot find a conscenses on materials and how they match up. ie.cedar over pine "The Real Story"!.  It is very frustrating and we are losing interest fast.  Everyone we talk to says "You can build it yourself" Can we???   I'm not a carpenter. I do, know how to use tools.  We have spent over $500.00 just on tapes , brochures , pamphlets , calls, fax's etc. &nsp;When does it all end ???

    Is there a non-biased group out there that can help with "THE TRUTH" . ????? Then we will make our decision, or scrap our plans of building a log home alltogether............"

    J&J Knox, Weyburn , Sask., Canada
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    Fourth response:
    "I am at present a construction manager for a log home dealer/builder in Wisconsin. I have always felt that our industry has a great need to be "up front and straight forward" with our answers to customers and potential customers. Example: Can we build our own? Yes,BUT! The but being that you had better be ready for the hard labor, the detail decisions, and the complicated scheduleing and control of subcontractors among the multitude of decisions you will need to make before, during and after.

    These kinds of answers are not the type of answers any manufacturer will give you. Most will do "what ever it takes" to make a sale.

    To the others here. Would a web page from a builder/construction manager with an open q&a area be of help? If so I will try to add such an area to my present web page. Until then please feel free to e-mail me with specific questions and I'll do my best to give you a "straight forward" answer. This can be done by straight e-mail to: clips@vbe.com or checking out my web page at: www.imageclips.com ( my sneaky way of getting you to visit my site!)Thanks, Steve"

    Steve Holbrook, Oshkosh, WI
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    "My family of five is looking into building our own home of logs. After some preliminary searching, there's still some lingo I'm unfamiliar with, like "shell kits". Here's what we'd like to see happen, someone fill in the appropriate terms. :)
    We'd like to have some plans that'd tell us what wood to use, what to do with the wood (treating, drilling, etc.), and then finally how to erect the house. Sources on buying the materials would probably be just as well, though I have a local source of wood and sawmill use. I live in the Knoxville area of TN. We'd like to do the labor ourselves, we just need the goods. Thanks so much,"

    Brian, Cynthia, Brenden, Tristen, Corryn Thompson
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    "I will be adding to an existing log home, and would appreciate any sketches or details of how to connect logs together using various methods such as hidden plates, shear plates and bolts. If there is a book with these details, the title, author and publisher would be appreciated."

    Dave Shefley, Whistler, BC
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    "We built our 2700 sq ft 9"log home in 1990 and have enjoyed every minute. I am in the planning stage of a 60x30 log barn-type structure and would like to play with the design. I am computer literate and would like to purchase a relatively inexpensive software program that I can use to draw the new structure. I do not plan to create working professional drawings, but rather to simply entertain myself. I have not seen software that duplicates logs. Are you aware of such programs?"

    Bob Bell; Winters, CA
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    FIRST RESPONSE:
    "I don't know how costly it is, but if you go to Log Homes NetZine® Volume 1 Issue 2, you can read our report about a Logmaker program that is new to the industry. We have a link in there to their site. Tell Adrian Biffen I sent you there - he'll be happy to know that our review is paying off for them. Again, I don't know what the cost is, but maybe he can help you find something that is low cost."

    Kerry Branham, LHNZ
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    SECOND RESPONSE:
    "A relative inexpensive software is 3-D Home Architect by Broderbund (http://www.broderbund.com/). They may have a download for demo. Also, more expensive but much more capacity, Chief Architect for which I don't have the URL. Logmaker looks great but, I believe, is expensive. Good Luck!"

    Billy T. Carnley, Tallahassee, FL.
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    "We purchased a log home 5 years ago. The home is now about 15 years old. Having redone the exterior, we are now focusing on how to restore the interior logs. They were originally stained a dark colour, then treated with linseed oil. We want to strip the finish and get a lighter, brighter look. We've been told by local paint stores we will not be able to get the oil out and that it will darken over time. They suggested sanding the logs down to fresh wood. Since this solution seems extremely messy, we were hoping for other alternatives.Any suggestions anyone?"

    Wendy Chrinko; B.C., Canada
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    FIRST RESPONSE:
    The paint shop is right - you'll have to remove the old stain and Linseed oil and apply a new finish. Sanding by hand will not get you there, however; it's practically impossible to get all the way into the corners and along the lateral groove with the force required to remove a layer or two of old, stained wood and get down to the fresh stuff.

    What we've done on a couple of occasions with very good results is to sandblast (say what??) the logs. Yes, sandblast. Some folks may say that it can scour the wood and leave marks, and indeed that can happen, but on the two Pine homes we did sandblast we found that if you use the proper sand - that graded, lightweight (30 grit) pink stuff, NOT classified beach sand - you can polish down the outer layers without raising the grain or making scour marks. Keep the pressure down so the logs are not damaged. Then if you must, go ahead and tidy up a bit by hand. We did not have to sand by hand very much on our Pine, and the job resulted in a smooth, practically shiny surface.

    The most important thing is to use the correct sand. Classified beach sand contains a variety of particles; some particles are larger or harder than others and do scour or even stick into the logs along the grain. You must employ a uniform, graded product to achieve the correct result. Good technique helps - you're not sanding down a bridge, so take the time and care a good job demands.

    Lastly, vacuum, then pressure wash the sanded surface or better yet, use deck renew (oxalic acid) if you need to bleach out any stains a bit. The deck renew gets brushed on to raw wood, then simply is hosed off 10 minutes later. In either case you'll use water to get all the dust off prior to painting. You can get the deck renew at any marine supply store.

    If you're unsure about sandblasting or can't get a sandblaster to contract the work without rushing the job, give us a call and we'll see about doing it for you. The job will be messy. You and most of your possessions will have to be out of the house while the job's being done, so plan on about a week's absence from an empty home.

    Good luck!

    Duncan Crow (TIMBERSMITHS LOG WORKS) 250-949-6486
    timbersmith@geocities.com
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    "Flies, flies, flies! Our 2 year-old log home is full of flies and we're sick of them. Our home is fairly well sealed between the joints, and most checks and cracks have been sealed as well. I'm out of ideas, and unwilling to use chemicals inside the house. Any other ideas? Help, please."

    Scott Tyson; Inkom, ID
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    "We are planning on building a new home on a 15 acre wooded lot in Ohio. We are exploring log homes, but I am concerned about the maintenance required, and how resistant a log home is regarding bugs and wild nawing creatures. Could I get some "real life" feedback from log home owners who've lived in a log home for 5+ years?"

    Mark Keirle; Ohio
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    "We are in the process of designing a log home to be built in Northern New Mexico. A Builder is encouraging us to use Endelmann Spruce logs. Could someone tell us about this wood, and offer an opinion on its suitability?"

    Steve Slivan; Buffalo, NY
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    FIRST RESPONSE:
    Steve:
    Englemann spruce is a very good building log, and is used extensively in the industry. It is often harvested standing dead, so the shrinkage is low. It often comes in large diameters. Although I build in the midwest, we have built quite a number of homes with Englemann spruce, including my own private residence/log home.

    The down side of the specie is a slightly higher amount of rot or deterioration that can be found in the raw logs, as they come from the woods. These logs need to be culled during construction. In addition, the checking of the logs, which is already developed in the dry standing dead wood, requires caulking of the upward facing, outdoor exposed checks.

    As with all log builders, make sure you look at the work your builder has completed. Look at the INSIDE of buildings that are heated year round, and that have been occupied for at least two heating seasons. Evaluate the tightness of his lateral joints and saddle notching, and any evidence of air leakage. Looking at his new work does not tell you anything about his ability to work with the species and provide you with a highly crafted log home.

    Mike Senty - Senty Handcrafted Log Homes
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    "I have a 26' x 28' handcrafted log home. The logs are 8" x 10" and set in a dovetail pattern. I have been wanting to add on to the house, maybe a room off of the end of the house, but don't know if it's possible to do this and have a good solid tie-in to the existing logs. Have you known of anyone who has done this or have any ideas for me? I live in Seymour, Tennessee.. at the base of the Smoky Mountains. The house is about 11 years old. Thanks, and I love your netzine!"

    Sue Bibb, Seymour, TN.
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    FIRST RESPONSE:
    Sue:
    It is very possible to add new logs to an existing log building, and have a solid tie into the existing building. The biggest issue is the settling on the new structure, and the lack of settling in the old structure. This is easy to handle where the new and old logs meet. There are several methods, one being keying the two buildings together with a post, which is fabricated to allow settling in the new structure, and ties into the existing. Where the greatest problem develops is the roof, and bringing the lines together. Solutions to this will be specific to each home, and will need to be discussed with your builder. Design of the addition is the easiest method to avoid problems and difficult construction. If you need someone to supply this type of construction, I would be glad to help with the design and provide the log fabrication and log set up for the project.

    Mike Senty - Senty Handcrafted Log Homes
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    "I recently purchased a log home & I have 2 questions:
    1) How can I get rid of SPIDERS?? They seem to be everywhere -- all types & sizes. Someone told me that this is a common problem with log homes -- I'm not sure how true that is.
    2) How can I find out who the original builder of my home was? I am the third owner -- the house is 13 years old. I would like to build an addition & would like it to be done by the original builder if possible. When we went through closing on the house, no info was available on who the original builder was. Any help would be great!!
    LOVIN' MY LOG HOME IN VIRGINIA!!!"

    Barbara A. LeMay, Virginia
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    "I have a 3 yr.old log home. The originally linseed based exterior log oil provided and used formed a coating on the outside. It had a mildewcide and insecticide added. It is now peeling, mildew is forming, and bees occasionally bore into the logs. I need advice on how best to remove this existing oil finish and comments on Woodguard, which I plan on using. Also, any comments on the bees would be appreciated."

    Paul Lee, Williamsport, PA
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    FIRST RESPONSE:
    "The best approach to removing the old linseed oil finish is a sandblaster. Linseed oil finishes a provide a food source to mold and mildew and should never be used on a log home. You are on the right track in considering Woodguard. Woodguard penetrates deep and cures into the wood in a liquid state. This means that it can never peel as the linseed oil has done. Woodguard is toxic to wood eating insects such as termites and powderpost beetles. Also Woodguard is made from a parafinic base oil that does not support the growth of mold and mildew."

    Bill Frykberg, Lake Lure Cedar Homes, Inc.
    Lake Lure, NC
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    "I'd like to see realtors educated in the value of log homes. We have ours for sale & I'm amazed at the misinformation & reluctance to promote them that we've encountered. Please help spread the word that log homes ARE not impossible to get financing & insurance for. Maybe someone could write an article that gives some key info & we could all email copies to all the realtors online. In our area log homes are getting a bum rap. Keep up the good work. It'll pay off in the end!"

    John Spaar, Conroe, Tx
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    Sounds like a good topic for an article. If anyone would like to offer input on this subject, e- mail us and we will include it in the article. If you are with a company, give us the home page url and the company name so we can document them in the article as well.

    Log Homes NetZine® (LHNZ)
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